Statement on the advancement of LB514 (voter ID)

On May 30, 2023, following the Nebraska Legislature's vote to advance LB514 to Final Reading, Civic Nebraska issued the following statement.

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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 measure does not limit IDs to only unexpired identification.
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. 

 

Under this amendment, a Nebraska drivers license or state ID number could be written on the ballot request, or voters could provide a photocopy of a qualifying ID (or an impediment certification).
The Department of Health and Human Services and the DMV would charge no fee for copies of birth records for voting. The Secretary of State’s Office would reimburse all expenses to the political subdivisions. State IDs for voting purposes would be provided at no cost.
The state would publish a voter ID website and launch a public relations campaign on multiple platforms, as well as in-person events around Nebraska. 
The bipartisan Government Committee and 92 of 93 Nebraska county clerks and election commissioners.  

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