Death penalty measures were approved in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and California on Election Day, reports CBS News.
In Oklahoma, voters decided to add an amendment legalizing the death penalty to the state constitution. In Nebraska, citizens voted to repeal a ban on the death penalty. And finally in California, voters moved to strike down a potential repeal of the death penalty, just like they did four years ago.
California, in particular, has a long history with the death penalty.
“This is the ninth time California voters have voted in favor of keeping the death penalty for the most heinous killers,” said Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, who championed the latest reform.
Despite the fact that the death penalty is legal in California, only 13 of some 900 death-row inmates have ever been executed. The last person executed died more than a decade ago.
Nebraska: I'm not voting for Clinton because she kills babies!— la petite princesse (@crybabynicole) November 9, 2016
Nebraska: BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY
These decisions, just like so many others, were connected to the presidential race.
Nebraska has reinstated the death penalty. First one back to Cowboy times wins.— Daniel Hardcastle (@DanNerdCubed) November 9, 2016
Some on social media noted how backward the measures seemed.