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Sen. Bob Krist Statement on Court Decision Overturning Law Restricting Independents

Contact: Dan Parsons


LINCOLN, NE – Sen. Bob Krist, candidate for Nebraska Governor, made the following statement regarding today’s U.S. District Court ruling overturning a law that made Nebraska the most difficult state in the nation for independent candidates to get elected.


“I applaud today’s decision by the U.S. District Court that ruled the law signed into law by Gov. Ricketts is unconstitutional. This law was a slap in the face to 21 percent of registered Nebraska voters who are non-partisans. It was pure and simple an attempt by Pete Ricketts - the most partisan governor in Nebraska history - to silence independent voices that disagree with his heavy-handed tactics of stacking the deck and buying legislators. This ruling reflects the ‘Nebraska Way’ - nonpartisan, independent thinking that has been our hallmark for generations. No matter their party label, we have a long history of electing strong, independent candidates. Thankfully, our system of checks and balances worked.”


The Nebraska law approved in 2016 with no debate was added to an omnibus elections proposal just days before the Legislature was scheduled to end. It requires nonpartisan candidates in statewide elections to collect signatures from at least 10 percent of the state's registered voters; roughly 119,000 voters. Previously, candidates in Nebraska needed just 4,000 signatures. By comparison, 37 other states require 10,000 signatures or fewer to place independent candidates on the ballot. The bill was introduced by Republican State Senator John Murante and signed into law by Gov. Pete Ricketts.




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