A new party wants to be on the ballot in Nebraska this fall: The Marijuana Party of Nebraska.
Secretary of State John Gale says petitions submitted for the Marijuana Party of Nebraska will be processed by his office next week. Then they go to county election authorities for signature verification.
“There are several steps involved in getting a new party and its nominees on the ballot,” noted Gale in a written statement released by his office. “The first step is meeting the two-pronged signature requirement.”
First, valid signatures must have been collected from at least 1% of the total votes cast for governor in 2014. The Secretary of State’s office says that year, Gov. Pete Ricketts received 539,657 votes, excluding write-in candidates.
Second, organizers must submit valid signatures that equal at least 1% of the total votes cast for Ricketts in each of Nebraska’s three congressional districts in 2014.
The Secretary of State has 10 days from the day petitions are submitted to determine if the requirements have been met. If approved, the party has 20 days to submit a constitution, bylaws and, a list of officers.