Yesterday America went to the polls in voting for a new President. Alongside that in three states across America changes towards the death penalty were also being voted for. Today the results are in.
As discussed in a previous article written: California Proposition 66 vs 62 I outline the two opposing new laws that were to be voted on yesterday in America alongside the presidency election.
One was to abolish the death penalty (proposition 62) and another to speed up the process (proposition 66).
Result? California voted ‘no’ to abolish the death penalty and ‘yes’ to speeding up the time to make appeals. California hasn’t put anyone to death since 2006.
The Oklahoma Death Penalty Amendment, also known as State Question 776, was also voted on yesterday. Question 776, known as the Allow Any Execution Method, protects the death penalty in the constitution, blocking it from being declared cruel or unusual punishment.
Voting yes supported amending the Oklahoma Constitution to guarantee the state’s power to impose capital punishment and set methods of execution – therefore vote yes to make changes to the current death penalty system imposed.
Voting no opposed amending the Oklahoma Constitution to guarantee the state’s power to impose capital punishment and set methods of execution – therefore vote no to make no changes and keep the current death penalty system imposed.
Result? With a 66.37% majority of ‘yes’ Oklahoma passed a measure to reaffirm the state’s commitment to the death penalty after the state attorney general suspended executions last year.
Despite having only 10 male inmates on its death row, the issue has been hotly debated across the state of Nebraska to bring back the death penalty.
The petition drive in the summer of 2015 was a tremendous success – with more than 166,000 signatures gathered from Nebraskans in all 93 counties in 86 days. The people of Nebraska strongly believe that the death penalty is the best form of punishment for certain crimes committed.
Result? The death penalty will now be reinstated after a win in voting yes to bring it back. The vote is a big loss for opponents of capital punishment given that Nebraska was the first conservative state to repeal the death penalty in more than 40 years.