In advancing LB514 to Final Reading, state lawmakers took a significant step on May 30 toward fulfilling the mandate to impose new ID requirements to cast a vote in Nebraska.
Our position regarding this measure has not changed. This is a matter of degree, and LB514’s provisions are the “least bad” option of the voter ID measures considered this year. Like any voter ID bill, if LB514 becomes law it will make the voting process more complicated for every voter.
We thank our state lawmakers for advancing a bill that would inflict as little harm as possible.
FAQs on LB514
Documents issued by the United States, State of Nebraska, an agency or political subdivision of Nebraska, or a postsecondary institution (college student IDs).
Qualifying IDs would include hospital or assisted-living facility records and temporary ID receipts (temporary ID receipts would add a photo under this amendment).
Yes, with a provisional ballot, which would need the voter to “cure” the ballot – verify their identity with a qualifying ID – within one week after Election Day.
The Secretary of State would be authorized to provide “reasonable impediment certification” for a disability or an illness, a lack of a birth certificate or source documents, or a religious objection to having a photo ID. These provisions keep the measure from being unconstitutional.