Here’s the gist of it:
Two different issues placed before voters in California. The results: they voted AGAINST repealing the death penalty. And they voted on a proposal that many believe will work to clear the way for executions to begin again in California.
For more on California’s Death Penalty, read our May 2011 post, "California 700+ Death Row Gets Good News: 2006 Moratorium on Death Penalty Will Continue For Now."
Voters in Nebraska decided to put the death penalty back into action in that state. Their legislature had repealed capital punishment, now it has returned. Ten inmates currently reside on Nebraska’s Death Row.
For more on Nebraska’s Death Penalty, read our July 2015 post, "Two States May Bring Back the Death Penalty."
Voters agreed on an amendment to their state constitution which will recognize that the death penalty is not "cruel and unusual punishment" as defined by the federal constitution. That’s not all.
Oklahoma also passed language that will allow its state legislature to provide alternative execution methods if it is decided that the lethal injection method is unconstitutional.
(Notice how this does not jive with earlier polling results in Oklahoma, where pollsters reported that a majority favored life without parole over the death penalty.)
For more on Oklahoma’s Death Penalty, check out our November 2015 post, "Lethal Injection Drug Controversies Stop Executions in Missouri, Ohio, and Oklahoma."