Nebraska Voter ID Amendment (2014)
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- See also: State by State Voter ID Laws
All states are required to meet the minimum voter identification requires set by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, which required photo ID for voters who registered by mail and did not provide identification. As of 2014, 31 states had laws in effect requiring voters to show some form of identification at the polls. North Carolina enacted a voter ID law in 2013 set to take effect in 2016. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures,
|“||Proponents see increasing requirements for identification as a way to prevent in-person voter impersonation and increase public confidence in the election process. Opponents say there is little fraud of this kind, and the burden on voters unduly restricts the right to vote and imposes unnecessary costs and administrative burdens on elections administrators.||”|
—National Conference of State Legislatures
Nebraska law at the time of this Voter ID Amendment proposal only required photo ID for first-time voters who registered by mail.
- Radio Free Nebraska, sponsor
- Lory Storm, sponsor
- My Rights Nebraska
My Rights Nebraska also supported the proposed initiative Nebraska Prohibit Federal Firearms Restrictions Initiative (2014).
My Rights Nebraska provided the following arguments on their website in support of the Voter ID Amendment:
- The law simply ensure the constitutional requirement of citizenship for voting rights is enforced. It also upholds the statutory laws stating that no qualified voter may be impaired from voting because photo IDs prove the qualification.
- The law provides many ways to prove identity and multiple forms of approved photo ID to use at the poll. Additionally, over 95 percent of voters have a driver's license.
Path to the ballot
In order to qualify the proposed constitutional amendment, supporters were required to collect valid signatures totaling a minimum of 10 percent of registered voters by July 4, 2014. The exact number was based on the number of registered voters on that day. This amounted to at least 125,000 valid signatures. In addition, signatures needed to be collected from five percent of the registered voters in 38 of the 93 Nebraska counties.
- 2014 ballot measures
- Nebraska 2014 ballot measures
- Laws governing the initiative process in Nebraska
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Initiative Petition: Voter ID," accessed May 28, 2014
- NCSL, "VOTER IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS," April 30, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Nebraska Secretary of State Website, "Voter Information Frequently Asked Questions," accessed June 11, 2014
- My Rights Nebraska, "VID Facts," accessed June 11, 2014
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "HOW TO USE THE INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM PROCESS IN NEBRASKA," June 2013
- Norfolk Daily News, "Medical marijuana petition circulating in Nebraska," February 3, 2014
- 1011, "Signatures For Wage Initiative Turned in to Secretary of State's Office," July 3, 2014
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