Voters repeal the ban on the death penalty

Published: Nov. 4, 2016 at 11:14 AM CDT
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Nebraskans have voted to repeal the ban on the death penalty.

Sixty-one percent of people voted to repeal the ban on the death penalty while 39% voted to retain the ban.

In this case, a vote for “Repeal” meant you want the death penalty.

A vote for “Retain” meant you want to do away with the death penalty.

The three Catholic Bishops in Nebraska released a quote, stating their disappointment in the results.

"We express our disappointment that the death penalty will be reinstated in Nebraska. We will continue to call for the repeal of the death penalty when it is not absolutely necessary to protect the public safety. We hope that the death penalty does not overshadow the complex problems faced by our criminal justice system that can be solved only by true reforms and not by ineffective punishments such as we have experienced with the death penalty in Nebraska.

With our prayers for the people of Nebraska, we are sincerely yours in Christ,

Archbishop George J. Lucas

Archdiocese of Omaha

Bishop James D. Conley

Diocese of Lincoln

Bishop Joseph G. Hanefeldt

Diocese of Grand Island"