Nebraska: Ruling Makes Ballot Fights A Bit Easier
Remember the fight surrounding all those petitions urging people to recall Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle? Some said it was too easy to get all the signatures needed, others said it was too hard.
Well, for future fights, it just got easier…well a little easier.
A key part of the Nebraska law dealing with citizen based ballot issues — ranging from recalls to referendums — has been struck down.
According to U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Bataillon people from other states can now come into Nebraska and circulate petitions. In the case of Citizens in Charge v. Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale, Bataillon has ruled unconstitutional the state law which said only citizens of Nebraska, who are at least 18 years old, can circulate petitions.
Bataillon’s ruling is being applauded by Paul Jacob, the President of Citizens in Charge.