LB 75 would expand democracy for people with a conviction history, removing the current two year wait and allowing individuals to register to vote once they complete their sentence. The Legislature passed the bill Monday, but this morning Governor Ricketts announced he wouldn’t sign the bill, arguing that a two-year wait is “not too much to ask”.
Two years is too long for someone who lives and works in our community, but has no say in their state or local government. When we cast a ballot, we are voting for the community we want to live in. Denying returning citizens that right denies them the opportunity to contribute to that vision, to Nebraska’s future.
The Governor doesn’t have to sign the bill, but he shouldn’t stand in the way of 7,800 Nebraskans regaining their voice in our democracy. Ask Governor Ricketts to not veto LB 75 and let it become law.
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