Lawsuit alleges that Nebraska petition signature requirements are unconstitutional

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A lawsuit was filed Monday alleging that the state’s petition signature requirements are unconstitutional, the Secretary of State’s Office says.

The federal lawsuit was filed by Crista Eggers and the nonprofit group Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana.

They allege that the multicounty signature requirement violates the United States Constitution.

At least 5 percent of registered voters from at least two-fifths of the state’s counties need to sign the petition to get the initiative onto the ballot.

Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana recently announced that it had lost a major donor and would now rely on a grassroots approach to get its two initiatives onto the November ballot.

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The nonprofit collected enough signatures for a medical marijuana initiative in 2020, but the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that it couldn’t appear on the ballot.

Right now, the group has collected over 25,000 signatures for each petition.  They each need about 87,000 signatures to be put on the ballot.

The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office is handling the lawsuit for the state.

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