Sen. John Murante of Gretna said Tuesday he will push hard for approval of voter ID and winner-take-all presidential electoral vote proposals during what could be his final legislative session in 2018.

Murante is a Republican candidate for state treasurer next year and would leave the Legislature halfway through his second term if he is elected.

At a news conference called to respond to online criticism aimed at him by an online organization called "Let America Vote," Murante said his proposed voter ID constitutional amendment (LR1CA) would allow Nebraska voters themselves to decide whether voters should be required to show a form of ID before casting a vote.

The proposal was trapped on the floor of the Legislature by a filibuster this year. 

"I will continue to fight to make our elections more secure," Murante said.

Murante said he believes part of the ID process, which would be determined by a future Legislature if voters adopted the constitutional amendment, should be photo identification.

The online organization that has named him as one of 10 national politicians chosen for its "Voter Suppression Hall of Shame" is "an out-of-state leftist group, a radical left-wing organization," Murante said.

Murante said he strongly supports election integrity efforts mounted by the Trump administration.

Most Nebraskans believe voter identification makes common sense, he said, and "I will continue to fight to make our elections more secure."

Properly crafted voter ID legislation would not suppress the vote as its opponents argue, Murante said.

With a growing number of voters questioning the security and integrity of the current election process, he said, it is important to assure voters that elections are valid.

Nebraska experienced two convictions for voter fraud during the past year.

The winner-take-all proposal (LB25) would return Nebraska to a system that would award all five of Nebraska's presidential electoral votes to the statewide winner.

Under current law, Nebraska awards one electoral vote to the winner in each of its three congressional districts and two electoral votes to the statewide victor.

The winner-take-all system is strongly supported by the Republican Party.

The Democratic Party supports the current system, which resulted in one electoral vote for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama in 2008, when he ran ahead of Republican nominee John McCain in metropolitan Omaha's 2nd District.

That was the first electoral vote won in Nebraska by a Democratic presidential nominee since Lyndon Johnson won the state in 1964. 

The winner-take-all proposal is awaiting consideration on the floor of the Legislature.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or dwalton@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSDon.

0
0
0
0
0

Load comments