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March 27, 2017

Chairwoman Jane Kleeb
Nebraska Democratic Party
201 N 8th St.
# 210
Lincoln, NE 68508

Mrs. Kleeb,

As the chair of the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, ensuring the
security and integrity of our elections is one of my greatest concerns and responsibilities.

It has come to my attention that your organization provided voter registration forms to
noncitizens entering Nebraska under refugee status. As the chairwoman of the Nebraska
Democratic Party, I am sure you are aware that only citizens are eligible to vote.

However, the noncitizens your organization provided the voter registration forms to may
not be aware they are ineligible to vote. In fact, they may mistakenly believe they were
provided the forms because they are eligible to vote, and may subsequently register.

If not rectified immediately, such a scenario would not be just a misunderstanding.
Besides diluting the voting power of legal voters, an illegal registration could be a crime,
and would have a serious negative impact on that individual’s chances of one day
becoming a citizen and enjoying the right to vote.

In order to ensure that this does not occur, I am requesting that you compile a list of all
noncitizens your organization sent voter registration forms to and provide that list to the
election administrators in the affected counties. This will ensure that ineligible voters that
registered using the forms your organization sent are removed from the rolls, and any
applications yet to be received are rejected.

With upcoming elections in both Lincoln and Omaha, time is of the essence. I am
requesting that you deliver these lists to the election administrators before Wednesday,
March 29th, so the issue can be resolved in time for the primary election on April 4th.
I am also requesting you contact the recipients of the forms to inform them that they are
ineligible to vote. This will help to reduce the number of illegal applications resulting
from this situation.

We live in a time where many Americans have little faith in the security of our elections.
It is imperative that we do everything we can to restore that faith.


Senator John Murante
Chair, Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee