Petitions for the death penalty are now be available in Antelope County, giving Nebraskans a local chance to repeal LB 268.
Petitions can be signed by any registered voter in Nebraska at Tab Financial in Neligh, 110 East 6th Street in Neligh, Heros Bar in Tilden, 200 E 2nd St, as well as events such as this weekend's Clearwater Rodeo.
This was voted into law on May 27th of this year and it is scheduled to take effect in late August. Nebraskans have until August 27th to gain the signatures of five percent of the registered voters, or 57,000 signatures, to place it on the ballot and the signatures of ten percent, 115,000 signatures, to suspend it from becoming law until voters have a chance to decide in November of 2016.
According to Vivian Tuttle, mother of 2002 Norfolk bank robbery victim, Evonne Tuttle, "I want justice for all the people who have suffered because of crimes that have been committed."
She herself is collecting signatures for the death penalty in the area and plans to be in Neligh during the 4th of July celebration.
"I believe in justice," she said, "and if I have to walk across every street in Nebraska, up and down every town, and knock on every door, I'll get enough signatures by August 28th to suspend LB 268."
The petition states that, "The object of this petition is to restore the death penalty by repealing all of LB 268 enacted by the Legislature of Nebraska, 104th Legislature, First Session (which eliminates the death penalty and replaces it with a sentence of life in prison) and when this petition has been signed by ten percent of the registered voters, to suspend the effective date of LB 268 until it has been voted upon by the voters of Nebraska."
There is also a referendum committee, Nebraskans For The Death Penalty, which is supported by a number of elected officials in Nebraska including Nebraska Governor, Pete Ricketts, Omaha Mayor, Jean Stothert, State Senator, Mike Groene and many others.
If you are not in an area where someone is gathering signatures, you can fill out the form on their website and they will connect you with someone who will come to your area before August 27th. There are also volunteer and donation options available if you wish to support the cause.