May 01 2013

Nebraska Bill, Repealing Primary Screen-Out, Passes Legislature

Source: Ballot Access News

On May 1, Nebraska LB 349 passed the legislature unanimously. It is an omnibus election law bill. Among other provisions, it repeals the law that says if a voter votes in a presidential primary, he or she can’t sign for an independent presidential candidate. Assuming the Governor signs the bill, Texas will then be the only state in which primary voters are not permitted to sign a petition for either a newly-qualifying party or an independent candidate.

The Nebraska bill is the third bill to improve ballot access that has passed in any state legislature this year, as far as is known. The other two were in Virginia and Montana, and each of those two bills has been signed into law.

In 2012, Jill Stein attempted the Nebraska independent presidential petition, but fell short. It is possible she would have been on the ballot if this bill had been passed before the 2012 election.

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