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Third-party candidates to have greater ballot access

A bill intended to ease ballot access for third-party political candidates was passed by the Legislature April 24.

Sen. Laura Ebke
Sen. Laura Ebke

Under current law, a candidate who is a registered voter of a particular political party may be placed on a primary election ballot in Nebraska if the party received at least 5 percent of the total votes cast in either of the two previous statewide elections.

LB34, introduced by Crete Sen. Laura Ebke, automatically allows access to the primary election ballot if a party has at least 10,000 registered members as indicated by state voting records.

Ebke said the bill would allow maintenance of ballot access for parties so that they can field candidates at all levels in Nebraska primary elections.

The bill passed 48-0.

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