A referendum effort is underway that would allow Nebraskans to vote on whether or not the state should reinstate the death penalty.
Aimee Melton is a board member with Nebraskans for the Death Penalty and says the first step was taken Monday by filing the necessary documents with the Secretary of State’s office. Melton says that process could take up to 15 days before petitions are in hand and circulators will start collecting signatures.
Last week Nebraska lawmakers voted to override Governor Pete Ricketts veto of a bill that repeals the state’s death penalty. Melton says, “I appreciate the governor’s position but I think at this point in time the people of Nebraska, we need to step up. This needs to be on the ballot whether you agree or disagree with the death penalty I think it needs to be a vote of the people.”
Nebraskans for the Death Penalty need to collect more than 56,700 valid signatures for the issue to appear on the 2016 general election ballot.