2015 Nebraska Legislative Bill LB111 Voter I.D. is DEAD

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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

TO:   jmurante@leg.ne.gov ; tgarrett@leg.ne.gov ; jcraighead@leg.ne.gov

mgroene@leg.ne.gov ; tlarson@leg.ne.gov;  bmccoy@leg.ne.gov

dbloomfield@leg.ne.gov;  mhansen@leg.ne.gov

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/

Ordinance 5165Doug KaganThe 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:

Bill number

Bill name

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: jmurante@leg.ne.gov (402) 471-2725

Vice Chairman – Tommy Garrett District 3: tgarrett@leg.ne.gov (402) 471-2627

Joni Craighead District 6: jcraighead@leg.ne.gov (402) 471-2714

Mike Groene District 42: mgroene@leg.ne.gov (402) 471-2729

Tyson Larson District 40: tlarson@leg.ne.gov (402) 471-2801

Beau McCoy District 39: bmccoy@leg.ne.gov (402) 471-2885

Dave Bloomfield District 17: dbloomfield@leg.ne.gov (402) 471-2716

Matt Hansen District 26: mhansen@leg.ne.gov (402) 471-2610

For future reference here is a link for the 2015 Nebraska Unicameral Legislature.

http://nebraskalegislature.gov/pdf/senators/roster.pdf

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   susangumm@reagan.com

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