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Upcoming Elections

2016 Presidential Preference: Saturday, March 5 for Democratic caucus; Tuesday, May 10 for Republican primary

  • Voter Registration Deadline: April 22 or May 2 for in-person registration

2016 Congressional/State Primary: May 10

  • Voter Registration Deadline: April 22 or May 2 for in-person registration

Please note caucuses have specific rules. Contact your local state party for more information.

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 18

For more information, visit the Secretary of State's Elections website.

Please note that the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.



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Voting Rights

News

The Voter-ID Fight in Missouri
04/30/16 |
Publication Date: 
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 10:30
Excerpt: 

The state senate, which is overwhelmingly Republican, is considering a double-barreled proposal. One part is a joint resolution that would place a ballot measure before voters to create a constitutional amendment requiring voters to show photo identification to vote. The other part governs how the requirement would be enforced if approved; in particular, it would require the legislature to fund programs to help get voters who don’t have some form of ID a card. If there’s no money, the requirement wouldn’t go into effect. The House already passed both halves in January. Senate Republicans brought the issue up Wednesday, but Democrats filibustered until 2 a.m., and the issue was temporarily set aside.

Democrats have repeatedly obstructed attempts to pass the measures. Republicans are expected to bring it up again before the end of the session on May 13, and may use procedural measures to try to end the Democratic filibuster. If they succeed, Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, could veto the the bill, but his veto would likely be overridden. He can’t veto the joint resolution.

Breaking: #SCOTUS Denies Emergency Relief in Texas Voter ID Case, But Signals Full Decision in Time for November Elections
04/29/16 |
Publication Date: 
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 08:30
Excerpt: 

The Supreme Court has just issued this order:

The application to vacate the stay entered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on October 14, 2014, presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court is denied. The Court recognizes the time constraints the parties confront in light of the scheduled elections in November, 2016. If, on or before July 20, 2016, the Court of Appeals has neither issued an opinion on the merits of the case nor issued an order vacating or modifying the current stay order, an aggrieved party may seek interim relief from this Court by filing an appropriate application. An aggrieved party may also seek interim relief if any change in circumstances before that date supports further arguments respecting the stay order.

This is full application of the Purcell Principle in action: giving the 5th Circuit a time frame so that the issue can be resolved when it is not the last minute before the election.

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Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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Nebraska Election Info

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2016 Presidential Preference: Saturday, March 5 for Democratic caucus; Tuesday, May 10 for Republican primary

  • Voter Registration Deadline: April 22 or May 2 for in-person registration

2016 Congressional/State Primary: May 10

  • Voter Registration Deadline: April 22 or May 2 for in-person registration

Please note caucuses have specific rules. Contact your local state party for more information.

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 18

For more information, visit the Secretary of State's Elections website.

Please note that the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.


When You Can Vote

8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Central Time and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain Time.

Early Voting

 Ballots received by mail must arrive, by mail or hand delivery, at the elections office by the closing of the polls on Election Day (8 p.m. Central Time/7 p.m. Mountain Time).

How to Find Your Polling Place

Check online using the State of Nebraska's Voter Check tool.

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Already registered? Verify your voter registration status.


Registration Deadlines

Voter registration forms (download online here) must be postmarked on or before the 3rd Friday before the election.  This is also the last day for registering through a motor vehicles office or state agency.  You may register in person at the County Clerk/Election Commissioner’s office before 6 p.m. on the 2nd Friday before the election.  Click here for a list of contact information for County Clerk/Election Commissioners’ offices.

How to Check if You Are Registered

You can check your voter registration status here.

How to Register

You may register to vote by:

  • Filling out a form in person at your local County Clerk/Election Commissioner’s Office;
  • Sending in your application by mail  - you can print off a voter registration application, fill it out, sign it, and send it in; or
  • You may also register at the Department of Motor Vehicles when you apply for or renew your driver’s license.  Voter registration may be available at other agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services or the Department of State.

See Nebraska’s Secretary of State website for more information.

Registration Eligibility

To register to vote in Nebraska you must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Live in Nebraska;
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November;
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, or if convicted, at least two years have passed since the completion of your sentence for the felony including any parole term; and
  • Have not been officially found to be mentally incompetent.

Identification Required for Registration

You will need either a current and valid photo ID, or a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document which is dated within 60 days immediately prior to the date of presentation showing the same name and residence address provided on the voter registration application.

If you mail in your registration, you should include a copy of one of these.  If you do not, you will have to show one of these documents at the polls on Election Day.

If You Want to Vote Early & Absentee

Any voter may apply for an early voting ballot (formerly called Absentee ballot in Nebraska).

Any voter is eligible to apply for an Early Voting (sometimes called Absentee) ballot.  Under state law, you do not need to give a reason when you apply for the ballot.

You can get an Early Voting Ballot by:

Rules and Deadlines:

  • You can request an early voting ballot be mailed to you any time in the 120 days before an election, up to the Wednesday before the election at 4 p.m. 
  • Ballots will be sent out beginning 35 days before the election.  You can vote in person at your clerk's office 30 days before Election Day.
  • The Monday before Election Day is the last day to cast an early voting ballot in person at your County Election Office.
  • All early voting ballots must be received, by mail or hand delivery, by the elections office by the closing of the polls on Election Day (8 p.m. Central Time/7 p.m. Mountain Time). 

Identification Requirements to Register to Vote

You will need either a current and valid photo ID, or a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document which is dated within 60 days immediately prior to the date of presentation showing the same name and residence address provided on the voter registration application.

If you mail in your ballot, you should include a copy of one of these.  If you do not, you will have to show one of these documents at the polls on Election Day.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

If you registered by mail, did not enclose any ID with your registration, and are a first-time Nebraska registrant, you will need either a current and valid photo ID, or a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document which is dated within 60 days immediately prior to the date of presentation showing the same name and residence address provided on the voter registration application.

Otherwise, no ID is required.

Registered voters who moved from one residence to another in the same county, or who changed their name and remained in the same county will be allowed to vote at the polling place designated for their new residence.  These voters may be asked to cast a Provisional Ballot upon completing a certification and new registration form.  Persons casting Provisional Ballots may check to see if their ballot was counted starting the second Wednesday after the election by visiting this site or calling toll free 1-888-727-0007.  Provisional Ballots are counted only if the information the voter provided on their certification forms was verified.

Persons moving from one county in Nebraska to another county in Nebraska must re-register in their new county in order to be eligible to vote.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Nebraska-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Nebraska-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned that they will not receive their ballot before the 8:00 p.m. (CT)/7:00 p.m. (MT), Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  In Nebraska, the FWAB may be used to register to vote and as a voted ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Nebraska-specific FWAB page.

Convicted felons are not eligible to vote in Nebraska until two years after the completion of their sentence (including parole, but not probation).  Individuals convicted of treason are not allowed to vote, unless their civil rights are restored.

**The materials below have not been updated since 2014**

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For more information for voters with disabilities, visit the National Disability Rights Network’s voting resource center.

For more information for student voters, visit the Nebraska Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

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