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Letter: Don't sign voter ID petition at fair

Letter: Don't sign voter ID petition at fair

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The Nebraska State Fair brings lots to see, including petitions to sign. I’m asking you not to sign the voter ID petition.

Our constitution ensures all elections shall be free, without hindrance to voters, but photographic identification is a costly hindrance.

Only registered voters can sign this petition, yet you do not have to show any identification because Nebraska has a secure voting system with no voter fraud. This petition goes through our system, ensuring only registered voters are counted.

When we register to vote, we provide identification and our unique signature, allowing us to vote in person or by mail. Voting by mail is cost-effective and important for rural counties and people who are nonambulatory, elderly, without transportation or in the military.

This proposal will affect access to voting for these people. The state legislative fiscal office determined state-provided photographic identification cards for all registered voters would cost $3 million initially plus $1 million dollars annually to maintain. That’s our money paying to vote!

Legislators should determine how voter identification cards would work, its cost and its constitutionality, thus avoiding costly lawsuits. Then place it on the ballot. What this petition does is to make an exception to the constitution’s no hindrance to voting requirement and gives a blank check to the state for its implementation.

Let’s make the Legislature do its job by not signing the petition. Please walk past these petitioners and enjoy the many wonderful things at our state fair.

Lynn Zeleski, Hastings


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