Nebraska's Confusing Death Penalty Referendum

In May 2015, Nebraska repealed the death penalty after state lawmakers overrode Although governor Pete Ricketts' veto of a bill that ended capital punishment.

But the death penalty is hard to kill: It's on the Nebraska ballot this November.

My friend Aaron, who lives in Omaha, sent me a photo of a sample ballot that he received in the mail. At first glance, the special ballot question is confusing. A vote of "Remain" means no death penalty. A vote of "Repeal" means reinstating the death penalty.

Voters are not voting to retain or repeal the death penalty. Instead, they are voting to retain or repeal the specific piece of legislation, Legislative Bill 268, which repealed the death penalty.

Hopefully, the death penalty supporters fail to read the fine print.