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Registered Nebraskan voters who have moved to another county and forgotten to update their address would be able to register and vote with a provisional ballot on election day if a new law is passed. The Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee heard testimony on Legislative Bill 746 to accomplish that.

Voters would be required to show a current, valid ID or, according the bill, “a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document,” which has a date within 60 days of election day and has the voter’s current name and address.

Sen. Bill Avery of Lincoln, who is sponsoring LB746, said he wants “to make voting easy and accessible to more voters.”

Both Avery and Adam Morfeld of Nebraskans for Civic Reform, who was the only person to testify in favor of the bill, stressed that it is not a voter ID bill.

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“A lot of people are going to have (something with their address on it),” Morfeld said. He also said it wasn’t a voter ID bill because it only applies to a small number of people.

To prevent voter fraud, the county where a person is currently living would contact the person’s previous county of residence and make sure the person hadn’t voted there as well.

Beth Bazyn Ferrell of the Nebraska Association of County Officials was the only person who testified against the bill. She said it would place too much burden on the counties to check for voter fraud.

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