Executive Director Danielle Conrad, with the Nebraska ACLU, tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN, she applauds the ruling.
“Today is a great day for Democracy in the great state of Nebraska,” says Conrad.
The law had greatly increased the number of signatures candidates with no party affiliation needed to make the ballot. The law increased that number from approximately 4,000 to more than 120,000. Implemented in 2016, the law was overturned as part of an agreement with the Secretary of State.
Conrad believes the case is historic. She says it “ensures that non-partisan independent candidates can access the ballot fairly,” and that “Nebraska voters will have meaningful choices available to them at the polls.”
The ruling comes after businessman Kent Bernbeck sued the state in May over the law. Bernbeck stated he wanted to run as an independent candidate for State Treasurer.