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Death penalty support petitions signed over summer in Chase County PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 October 2015 16:46

By Carolyn Lee

The Imperial Republican

A total of 419 signatures on the Nebraskans for the Death Penalty petition were collected in Chase County over the summer.

According to the Chase County Clerk’s office, 451 signatures were collected, but 32 were rejected. Most of those signatures were collected during the Chase County Fair.

Nebraskans for the Death Penalty gathered 166,692 signatures from all 93 of the state’s counties. It needed to collect 10 percent of Nebraska’s registered voters, or about 57,000 signatures.

The successful petition drive means that the Legislature’s repeal of the death penalty is halted and the issue will appear on the 2016 election ballot.

Reasons for rejection of signatures, according to the Clerk’s office, are that the person was not a registered voter in Nebraska, was registered in Nebraska but not in Chase County, the signature wasn’t readable, it was a duplicate signature, or the person was a felon.