Nebraska voter ID initiative passes by wide margin

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Nebraskans have voted overwhelming to require voters to present a photo ID at the polls.

Initiative 432 passed with about 65% of the vote, as of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

That brings to an end a long political battle in the state.

Proponents tried for years to pass a voter ID law in the Legislature, but opponents were always able to block it.

Thirty-five states currently have some form of voter ID law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Not all of those states require a photo ID, and several have made provisions to vote without an ID.

Critics say such requirements disenfranchise some voters by making it too hard or expensive for them to vote.

The next step in Nebraska is for the Legislature to hash out the specifics, such as what kinds of photo ID will be accepted.

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