Petition filer says voter ID popular amongst voters regardless of political party

Those in favor of require a photo ID to vote in Nebraska may soon be able to take the next step in making that a reality. 

State senator Julie Slama, tells News Channel Nebraska they are hopeful to begin collecting signatures in August. Slama filed the paperwork to begin the petition drive earlier this month.

Slama told News Channel Nebraska she believes most are in favor of requiring an ID to vote, regardless of party affiliation. 

"It's a simple question and it's something that is overwhelmingly popular, not just in the state of Nebraska, but nationwide," Slama said. "A Monmouth University poll that just came out last month pointed voter ID having 80 percent approval nationwide across party lines. I believe the numbers are very similar in Nebraska."

She said supporters need to gather about 125,000 signatures to ensure the issue appears on the 2022 ballot. The deadline to collect signatures is July 8, 2022. 

Nebraska is one of 15 states that does not at least request voters bring a photo ID to the polls, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Washington D.C. also has no ID requirements.