A Nebraska bill that would have required voters to show a government ID before being allowed to vote died yesterday in the state’s unicameral legislature. Supporters of the ALEC-inspired ID bill failed to generate enough votes to end a filibuster by opponents. According to Nebraskans for Civic Reform, the Nebraska DMV found that up to 130,000 Nebraskans lack a valid ID.
When defenders of voter ID laws stand up and say that the regulations protect their citizens and our democracy, there’s more than one lie being told. First, rather than protect our democracy, voter ID laws actually disproportionally affect the rights of elderly, working, student, and minority voters. Second, the laws, which are aimed at curbing the yet-to-be-seen problem of “voter fraud” will actually cost tax payers millions and millions of dollars to implement. Taking a look at the numbers shows a side of voter ID laws that their supporters fail to mention.