From the Lincoln Journal Star Editorial Board:
There is a common phrase employed in legislative debates: This is a solution looking for a problem.
Cliches become clichés precisely because there’s a kernel of truth at their center. In this case, a voter ID measure — LR1CA offered by Sen. John Murante of Gretna, requiring a photo ID to participate in Nebraska elections — is a solution looking for a problem.
Secretary of State John Gale has stated plainly that there’s been no evidence of voter fraud being a problem in Nebraska. An earlier Local View from Kristie Pfabe noted that impersonation, the type of fraud an ID plan aims to stop, is the least efficient way possible to sway a race. It comes with a high cost criminally, and that high potential cost yields but one vote.
Murante argues that the bill is necessary to restore Americans’ confidence in the voting process.
But the plan creates more problems than it solves and does more harm to our democracy than it helps.