Remove Your Name from the Petition

  1. Fill out the Affidavit to Remove Name from Petition.
  2. Have the Affidavit notarized. Notaries are generally available at Fed Ex Kinkos or any bank and sometimes charge a nominal fee for service.
  3. Present or mail your notarized affidavit to any of the following officials:
    1. Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale, Room 2300 of the State Capitol Building.
      Mailing Address:
      State Capitol
      P.O. Box 94608
      Lincoln, NE 68509-4608
    2. Your County Election Commissioner or County Clerk (for the county in which you are registered to vote). You can locate your local election official at

32-632. Petition; removal of name; procedure.
Any person may remove his or her name from a petition by an affidavit signed and sworn to by such person before the election commissioner, the county clerk, or a notary public. The affidavit shall be presented to the Secretary of State, election commissioner, or county clerk prior to or on the day the petition is filed for verification with the election commissioner or county clerk.

Nebraska Death Penalty History

For brief background information on Nebraska’s history with lethal injection and to learn more about a recently compiled report based off information from the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy: execution drug purchase history FINAL.pdf

Not a Deterrent

Michael L. Radelet, PhD, Sociology Professor and Department Chair at the University of Colorado-Boulder, wrote in his 2009 article “Do Executions Lower Homicide Rates?: The Views of Leading Criminologists” in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology:

“Our survey indicates that the vast majority of the world’s top criminologists believe that the empirical research has revealed the deterrence hypothesis for a myth… 88.2% of polled criminologists do not believe that the death penalty is a deterrent… 9.2% answered that the statement ‘[t]he death penalty significantly reduces the number of homicides’ was accurate… Overall, it is clear that however measured, fewer than 10% of the polled experts believe the deterrence effect of the death penalty is stronger than that of long-term imprisonment… Recent econometric studies, which posit that the death penalty has a marginal deterrent effect beyond that of long-term imprisonment, are so limited or flawed that they have failed to undermine consensus.

In short, the consensus among criminologists is that the death penalty does not add any significant deterrent effect above that of long-term imprisonment.”

2009 – Michael L. Radelet , PhD


Thurgood Marshall, LLB, late Justice of the US Supreme Court, in a June 29, 1972 Furman v. Georgia concurrent opinion, stated:

“It is generally agreed between the retentionists and abolitionists, whatever their opinions about the validity of comparative studies of deterrence, that the data which now exist show no correlation between the existence of capital punishment and lower rates of capital crime.

Despite the fact that abolitionists have not proved non-deterrence beyond a reasonable doubt, they have succeeded in showing by clear and convincing evidence that capital punishment is not necessary as a deterrent to crime in our society.

In light of the massive amount of evidence before us, I see no alternative but to conclude that capital punishment cannot be justified on the basis of its deterrent effect.”

June 29, 1972 – Thurgood Marshall, LLB



National Poll

ACLU Nebraska Poll

Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Death Penalty Information Center

Innocence Project