OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska voters have easily approved a measure to strip language from the state constitution that provides an exemption to its ban on slavery.
Nebraska was one of several states taking on ballot measures in a climate of racial strife this election. Nebraska’s proposal eliminates a passage in the state constitution, dating from the 19th century, that allows slavery as punishment for a crime.
There was no organized opposition to the measure, which advanced through the Legislature this year on a unanimous vote.
One other state, Utah, is considering a nearly identical measure.
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