Since the confrontation over exclusion of blacks in the original suffrage article of the 1866 Constitution, Nebraska’s voters have been defined to a large extent by the requirements set out in the U.S. Constitution and in federal law. The state has moved to bring its suffrage requirements in line with the several federal amendments passed since the Civil War. The most recent response to the U.S. Constitution came in 1987. Nebraska has a closed primary which means that the voter must register before the election in a party in order to participate in that party’s...
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