Secretary of State to hold three hearings on ballot initiatives in congressional districts

Sept. 26, 2022, 4 p.m. ·

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Nebraska’s Secretary of State’s Office announced on Monday three public hearings in each congressional district regarding the two ballot initiatives Nebraskans will vote on this November.

“The purpose of the meetings is to educate citizens and the media on the initiatives prior to the elections,” said Secretary of State Bob Evnen, who's required by law to hold these public meetings.

A popular vote by the state will determine the initiatives fate. Each initiative will be discussed at the hearings separately for at least three hours and in the same location, according to a news release. Members of the public will be able to make public remarks at the hearings.

The first initiative seeks to change the state's constitution to require a photo ID when voting in future elections. The second aims to raise the minimum wage gradually to adjust for inflation and the cost of living. A third initiative to legalize medical marijuana did not obtain enough signatures to qualify for the ballot

The full schedule for hearings:

3rd Congressional District: Thursday, Oct. 6th at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, McDonald Belton Theater

  • 1-4 p.m. CT: minimum wage
  • 4-7 p.m. CT: voter ID

2nd Congressional District: Tuesday, Oct. 11th at the Thompson Alumni Center in Omaha, Bootstrapper Hall

  • 1:30-4:30 p.m. CT: minimum wage
  • 6-9 p.m. CT: voter ID

1st Congressional District: Tuesday, Oct. 18th at the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln, Hearing Room 1525

  • 1:30-4:30 p.m. CT: minimum wage
  • 6-9 p.m. CT: voter ID

Source: Nebraska Legislative GIS office | Map by: Daniel Wheaton | Midwest Newsroom