Poll: Nebraskans favor more nonpartisan voter rights

There’s new traction in the efforts to expand the voting rights of the 21 percent of Nebraska voters who are registered Independents.

A poll from National Open Primaries, a nonprofit national leader on election reform, and Nonpartisan Nebraska, a state grassroots organization dedicated to protecting and expanding nonpartisan elections and governance, shows that a substantial majority favors an initiative to open Nebraska primaries to independent voters.

“Independents, like myself, now account for 21% of registered voters in Nebraska,” Nathan Leach of Kearney, Director of Nonpartisan Nebraska said, “it’s time to have a serious conversation about changing our closed, partisan primaries to a primary to allows all voters a fair and competitive election.

“More than 80 years ago, Nebraskans overwhelmingly approved creating the only nonpartisan Unicameral in the country—it’s time to expand that reform to our primary elections and start removing partisanship from the ballot box,” he said.


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