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(Neb)-Felon Voting Veto Override Fails

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/08/2017 11:56 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Convicted felons who finish their prison sentences will still have to wait two years before they can vote in Nebraska.
     Lawmakers today fell well short of overriding Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto of a bill eliminating the two-year waiting period.

       Supporters needed 30 votes to override the governor, but the vote was 23-23. Ricketts was pleased with the outcome and found no problem with the existing law, which is more restrictive than those in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

     Bill sponsor Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha says lawmakers who voted to sustain the veto supported "a past that is based and founded in racism, exclusion and fear." People of color make up about 15 percent of Nebraska's population but nearly half of its prison population.


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