Debated on Floor Feb 17th and 18th 2015: Motion to Bracket (kill) made by Sen. Ernie Chambers PASSED. Bill is dead. Sen Pansing-Brooks “..a Racist bill..” Sen McCollister “..will disenfranchise a group…” Sen Morfeld “..should not be pandering to a fringe group..” Sen. Larson “..the people’s voice DOES matter..” Excellent job of deflating the opponents arguments by Sen. Murante, Kintner, Larson, Brasch and others who supported Voter I.D. Unicameral Summary http://update.legislature.ne.gov/?p=16415
Journal Votes on Motion to Bracket: Senator Chambers requested a roll call vote on the motion to bracket. The Chambers motion to bracket prevailed with 25 ayes, 15 nays, 4 present and not voting, and 5 excused and not voting.
Voting in the affirmative, 25: Baker Davis Harr, B. Kolterman Morfeld Campbell Gloor Hilkemann Krist Nordquist Chambers Haar, K. Howard Lindstrom Pansing Brooks Cook Hadley Johnson McCollister Seiler Crawford Hansen Kolowski Mello Sullivan
Voting in the negative, 15: Bloomfield Ebke Groene Larson Schnoor Brasch Friesen Hughes Murante Stinner Craighead Garrett Kintner Schilz Williams
Present and not voting, 4: Kuehn Riepe Schumacher Smith
Excused and not voting, 5: Bolz Coash McCoy Scheer Watermeier
**Committee Advanced to the Floor for full debate and vote. Vote Results:
Aye: 7 Senators Bloomfield, Craighead, Garrett, Groene, Larson, McCoy, Murante
Nay: 1 Senator Hansen http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/104/PDF/CS/LB111.pdf
My LETTER TO COMMITTEE MEMBERS in support of VOTER I.D. LB 111
SUBJECT: ENTER INTO RECORD LB111 – Proponent
Dear Chairman and Committee Members:
I’m in support of Voter I.D. requirements contained in LB111 and I hope you will vote to advance it to the floor for a full debate and vote.
Voter fraud is an established fact based on documented cases reported around the country, the best reference to this is the article link below by the RNLA Republican National Lawyers Association who cite many cases of voter fraud.
I question the argument made by opponents that not everyone has proper I.D because we all know that it is impossible to conduct even basic business (to the point of getting a library card) without proper forms of I.D. We can not allow the integrity of our election system to be compromised Voter I.D. would protect my vote from being cancelled by those who may abuse the system.
Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
Sincerely, Susan Smith Address and Phone #
The RNLA Republican National Lawyers Association cite many cases of Voter Fraud. http://www.rnla.org/votefraud.asp
DOI undercover agents showed up at 63 polling places last fall and pretended to be voters who should have been turned away by election officials; the agents assumed the names of individuals who had died or moved out of town, or who were sitting in jail. In 61 instances, or 97 percent of the time, the testers were allowed to vote. Those who did vote cast only a write-in vote for a “John Test” so as to not affect the outcome of any contest. DOI published its findings two weeks ago in a searing 70-page report accusing the city’s Board of Elections of incompetence, waste, nepotism, and lax procedures. http://watchdog.org/123576/voter-fraud/
The hearing on LB 111 – Require identification to vote – is this Friday, January 23, at 1:30 pm, Rm. 1507. Two other bills will also be heard. Please contact your state senator and the members of the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee by emailing, calling, writing or visiting them. (See contact information below) Contacting your state senator by email, phone AND a letter, is even more effective, time permitting. Please consider testifying or coming to support those who are testifying. Written testimony is also an option, and you can send your testimony via email to the committee chairman, and indicate in the subject “Enter written testimony into the record”.
Tips for email/letter writing:
Explain why you support or oppose the legislation
Keep it short
Address letter to: State Senator______, District #_____ State Capitol, P.O. Box 94604, Lincoln, Ne. 68509-4604
Close with something like: I look forward to following your vote or Thank you for your consideration
Tips for testifying:
Fill out a sign-in sheet at the witness table
Listen for any amendments offered by the sponsor of the bill, as the amendments may change your opinion, and affect your testimony
Bring 15+ copies of your testimony to distribute to all committee members, the 2 committee staff members, the media, and transcriber’s office
Orally identify yourself and spell your name for the record, and state who, if anyone you represent as your begin your testimony
Use facts and do not rely on rumors
Limit your testimony and try not to repeat testimony offered by previous witnesses
Be prepared to answer questions asked by committee members
If you quote statistics, studies/polls, etc. provide the source
Committee proceedings are transcribed verbatim
See the attached Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom worksheet for talking points on LB 111.
Here is contact information for the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee:
Chairman – John Murante District 49: email@example.com (402) 471-2725
Vice Chairman – Tommy Garrett District 3: firstname.lastname@example.org (402) 471-2627
Joni Craighead District 6: email@example.com (402) 471-2714
Mike Groene District 42: firstname.lastname@example.org (402) 471-2729
Tyson Larson District 40: email@example.com (402) 471-2801
Beau McCoy District 39: firstname.lastname@example.org (402) 471-2885
Dave Bloomfield District 17: email@example.com (402) 471-2716
Matt Hansen District 26: firstname.lastname@example.org (402) 471-2610
For future reference here is a link for the 2015 Nebraska Unicameral Legislature.
Please share this information with anyone who believes voter fraud is an increasing concern and supports people showing identification to vote. Let’s get LB 111 passed, so we know that non-citizens are not voting and that every vote is legitimate.
State Senator Beau McCoy: Government is at its best when citizens are active and engaged. I encourage you to follow the Nebraska Legislature. “The Salvation of the State is the Watchfulness of the Citizen.”
Thank you. Any questions, please call or email me.
Susan Gumm, Project Manager, NTF Project Immigration email@example.com