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California, Nebraska could abandon the death penalty today

Voters in three states will get to weigh in on the death penalty on Election Day. Ballot measures up for consideration in California, Nebraska and Oklahoma deal with capital punishment in very different — and sometimes confusing — ways.

Two of these states are considering whether to abolish the death penalty entirely. In California, the state with the country’s largest death row is considering two diametrically opposed ballot measures. One would eliminate the death penalty there, while the other would essentially speed up the death-penalty process.

The measure in Nebraska, meanwhile, will allow the state’s residents to decide an issue that divided the legislature and the governor last year. A bill abolishing the state’s little-used death penalty was put on hold until voters weigh in Tuesday.

Head to Post Nation for more on the death-penalty measures being considered in these states and Oklahoma on Tuesday.

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