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Voter ID passes in Nebraska as states settle ballot items

Nov. 09, 2022 02:43 AM EST

Residents of Nebraska approved a new photo identification requirement for future elections as voters in several states decided measures that could affect the way ballots are cast in the next presidential election. The voting-related measures were among more than 130 state proposals...

Nebraska voters back higher minimum wage, voter ID measures

Nov. 09, 2022 01:09 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska voters on Tuesday decided to significantly raise the state’s minimum wage over the next several years and require voters to provide government identification at polling places. The wage measure will gradually increase the state’s minimum wage from...

Republican hog farmer Jim Pillen elected Nebraska governor

Nov. 09, 2022 00:30 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Republican businessman Jim Pillen was elected Nebraska’s next governor on Tuesday by defeating Democratic state Sen. Carol Blood to extend the GOP’s 24-year string of success in the conservative state. Nebraska hasn’t elected a Democrat as governor since...

Nebraska politician, accuser drop lawsuits over grope claims

Oct. 28, 2022 15:07 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Dueling lawsuits have been dropped by a former Nebraska candidate for governor and a fellow Republican state lawmaker who accused him of groping her at a political function several years ago. Charles W. Herbster, who lost his bid in May to become the Republican...

Nebraska struggling to OK ban despite anti-abortion history

Oct. 25, 2022 12:06 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Republicans are expected to dominate as usual at the polls in November and retain control of the officially nonpartisan Legislature. They face a far tougher challenge flipping enough seats to push through a statewide abortion ban. The Supreme Court...

EXPLAINER: What voting changes are on the midterm ballot?

Oct. 21, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

Besides picking their elected representatives, voters across the country are deciding ballot measures that could reshape the ways they cast ballots in coming elections, or even how things get on the ballot. About half of states allow citizen initiatives. That's when groups can bypass...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Oct. 17, 2022 11:42 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. October 16, 2022. Editorial: Sasse owes Nebraskans an explanation for likely departure from Senate Ben Sasse appears likely to leave the U.S. Senate early to become the next president of the University of Florida. Less than two years...

Voters in some key swing states to decide on voting access

Oct. 11, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

All but lost in the shadow of major contests for U.S. Senate and governor, voters in some battleground states will be deciding ballot proposals this November that could reshape the way they vote in the next presidential election. In Arizona, scene of the closest presidential contest...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Oct. 10, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

Lincoln Journal Star. October 6, 2022. Editorial: Voter ID fixes an issue state doesn’t face Driven by former President Trump’s unfounded claims of a stolen election and massive voter fraud, election security has become a contentious political issue that has...

All eyes on Nebraska Gov. Ricketts to replace Sen. Sasse

Oct. 07, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — With Ben Sasse apparently ready to resign his Nebraska U.S. Senate seat to become president of the University of Florida, speculation is rampant that his temporary replacement could be Gov. Pete Ricketts. Ricketts, who like Sasse is a Republican, would otherwise...