Nebraska voters approve measure to strip slavery language

Posted at 11:15 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 00:15:25-05

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska voters have easily approved a measure to strip language from the state constitution that provides an exemption to its ban on slavery.

Nebraska was one of several states taking on ballot measures in a climate of racial strife this election.

Nebraska’s proposal eliminates a passage in the state constitution, dating from the 19th century, that allows slavery as punishment for a crime. There was no organized opposition to the measure, which advanced through the Legislature this year on a unanimous vote.

One other state — Utah — is considering a nearly identical measure.

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