Petitioners continue to swarm the state gathering signatures to get the death penalty repeal issue on the ballot. Elkhorn State Senator Beau McCoy is co-chair of “Nebraskans for the Death Penalty” and says he encourages those for and against the issue to sign the petition.
McCoy says, “I’m very excited about Nebraskans engaging on this issue and Nebraskans who may even support the repeal of the death penalty but who feel the people of Nebraska deserve to take a vote and even a lot of them have signed petitions as well.”
McCoy says although some of those gathering signatures are paid circulators many are volunteers who feel passionate about the issue. He says there are petitions across the state from Sidney, North Platte, and McCook to the metro area. He says they plan to ramp up efforts in near future and plan to be at county fairs and other summer events.
The group has until August 27th to turn in 57,000 valid signatures in order to get the issue on the ballot for voters to decide.