Nebraska voter ID debate rages in committee hearing

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Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013 12:00 am

LINCOLN (AP) — Opponents of a voter identification bill threatened a lawsuit Thursday if Nebraska lawmakers approve it, while supporters cast the measure as a preventive effort to protect against voter fraud.

The issue triggered a heated debate during a legislative hearing, where opponents outnumbered supporters by a nearly 5-to-1 margin. Some compared the bill to poll taxes levied in the post-Civil War South to keep minorities from voting. The head of a Nebraska taxpayers' group argued that any person who was "too lazy" to request a free state-issued ID probably wouldn't vote on Election Day.

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