Nebraska Petition Signature Requirement Amendment (2012)
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The proposed measure would reverse a 1994 Nebraska Supreme Court decision which changed the number of signatures required to qualify a petition from a percentage of votes cast for governor in the last election to a percentage of registered voters. The petition was filed by the Second House Amendment Committee on January 25, 2012. The committee includes Mike Groene, Sharon Craichy and Kent Bernbeck; all have proposed initiatives in the past.
According to reports, this would cut the number of signatures needed on petition drives by about half. Prior to the 1994 ruling the proposed amendment, for example, would have required about 49,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot. However, it currently requires about 115,000 signatures.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Nebraska signature requirements
In order to qualify the proposed constitutional amendment, supporters are required to collect valid signatures from a minimum of 10 percent of registered voters; more than 115,000 signatures. The deadline to submit signatures for the 2012 ballot in Nebraska is July 6, 2012.
According to reports, paid circulators will be used to collect signatures.
- Ballot Access News,"Nebraska Petition Drive Launched to Reduce Number of Signatures Needed for Statewide Initiatives," January 29, 2012
- Omaha World-Herald, "Petitioning for fewer signatures," January 26, 2012
- Omaha World-Herald,"Petitioning for fewer signatures," January 26, 2012
- Lincoln Journal Star,"Group petitioning to change petition system," January 29, 2012
- [Confirmed with Nebraska Secretary of State-Elections Division via phone on 1-26-2011]