Gale backs study of voter ID bill, Heineman supportive of idea

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska's elections chief is recommending an interim study to determine whether the state needs legislation that would require government-issued photo identification to vote. Meanwhile, Governor Dave Heineman Friday said some type of Voter ID legislation is needed.

Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale says he's generally supportive of adopting a voter ID measure, but says a bill before the Nebraska Legislature this session could be the strictest among the 33 states that have voter ID laws and ``may be stronger than Nebraska needs.''

Gale says the strict requirements in the bill would be costly.

Governor Dave Heineman told KNEB News he hasn't reviewed the specific details of Senator Charlie Janssen's bill, but believes requiring voters to show an ID would be similar to requirements at airports and other public buildings. Heineman says Nebraskans understand the intent is to make sure there is no fraud, adding he does not believe it is "particularly difficult or onerous" to require people to show the proper ID when you vote.

An attempt to pass a similar bill last year failed when supporters could not stop a filibuster.

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