Nebraska Petition Signature Requirement Amendment (2012) (2)

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A Nebraska Petition Signature Requirement Amendment did not make the 2012 ballot in the state of Nebraska as an initiated constitutional amendment.

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.[1] The committee includes Mike Groene, Sharon Craichy and Kent Bernbeck; all have proposed initiatives in the past.[2]

According to reports, this would cut the number of signatures needed on petition drives by about half.[2] 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.[3]

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See also: Nebraska signature requirements

In order to qualify the proposed constitutional amendment, supporters were 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 was July 6, 2012.[4]

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