Public hearings set for Nebraska ballot initiatives

By: - September 26, 2022 5:48 pm

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LINCOLN — Public hearings have been set in October in the state’s three congressional districts for the ballot initiatives that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The two initiatives that will be decided by voters are:

  • Voter ID Constitutional Amendment: Initiative Measure 432, which would require the Nebraska Legislature to adopt laws requiring presentation of valid photo identification prior to voting.
  • Minimum Wage Initiative: Initiative Measure 433, which would raise the state minimum wage from the current $9 an hour to eventually $15 an hour.

State law requires the Secretary of State’s Office to hold public hearings in each of the state’s three congressional districts to educate voters about initiative petition measures that have qualified for the general election ballot.

Informational pamphlets about the ballot measures will be available at each hearing and are available in county and state election offices.

The hearings are scheduled:

  • Oct. 6, 1 to 4 p.m. on the minimum wage initiative and 4 to 7 p.m. on voter ID, at Mid-Plains Community College South Campus, McDonald Belton Theater, 601 W. State Farm Road, North Platte.
  • Oct. 11, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for voter ID and 6 to 9 p.m. for minimum wage, at the Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge St., Omaha.
  • Oct. 18, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (CDT) on the minimum wage initiative, and 6 to 9 p.m. on voter ID, at the Nebraska State Capitol, Room 1525, Lincoln.

Early ballots for the November election will  be sent out starting Monday.

Information about the initiatives can be found on the secretary of state’s website:

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Paul Hammel
Paul Hammel

Senior Reporter Paul Hammel has covered the Nebraska state government and the state for decades. Previously with the Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha Sun, he is a member of the Omaha Press Club's Hall of Fame. He grows hops, brews homemade beer, plays bass guitar and basically loves traveling and writing about the state. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation.