Nebraska House members describe voting rights bill as federal intrusion
Nebraska's three House members say they opposed legislation to restore targeted minority voting rights protections that had been included in the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act largely to avoid federal interference in elections.
Rep. Adrian Smith expressed concern that House Democrats viewed the issue as "an opportunity to implement an expansive federal law which would effectively block popular methods for protecting the integrity of our elections, such as voter ID laws."
The new voting rights bill was passed by the House last week on what was essentially a party-line vote.
The 228-187 count reflected unanimous Democratic support and the vote of a single Republican.