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.