Petitions were filed Thursday to put the question – shall Nebraska expand Medicare? – on the November ballot.


Supporters said they turned in more than 133,000 signatures to the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office. The signatures were collected from the required 38 counties in the state to qualify the initiative for the ballot in November, they said.


The Secretary of State and county clerks now have 40 days to certify the signatures, with an optional 10-day extension for counties that may need extra time.  


The state requires around 85,000 valid signatures to place a ballot issue before voters. That number represents 7% of total registered voters in the state as well as from 5% of registered voters in at least two-fifths of the state’s 93 counties.


The petition was circulated by a group who called themselves “Insure the Good Life.”


Endorsing organizations include: AARP Nebraska, ACLU of Nebraska, Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska, Center for Rural Affairs, Children and Family Coalition of Nebraska, Community Action of Nebraska, Inc., Friends of Public Health, Health Center Association of Nebraska, Heartland Workers Center, League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, League of Women Voters of Nebraska, Multicultural Coalition of Grand Island, National Council of Jewish Women – Nebraska, Nebraska AIDS Project, Nebraska Appleseed, Nebraska Association of Behavioral Health Organizations, Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors, Nebraska Chapter – National Association of Social Workers, Nebraska Hospital Association, Nebraska State Education Association, Omaha Together One Community, and Voices for Children in Nebraska.