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Upcoming Elections

2016 Presidential Preference: Saturday, March 5 (Democrats--caucus)

                                           Tuesday, May 10 (Republicans--primary)

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

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

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.


Voting Rights

News

Today, New Hampshire Students Will Likely Pay The Price For The State’s New Voter ID Laws
02/09/16 |
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 10:15
Excerpt: 

“A lot of students think they’re required to bring an ID when they’re not. They don’t know about being able to sign the affidavit,” [Chelsea Krimme] said. “And about half the out-of-state students I’ve talked to think they can’t vote in New Hampshire, when they can. It’s sad, because are so many important issues right now, from student debt to climate change, that students care about and they want to have a voice.” ...

“In the northern part of the state, it’s not like there’s a DMV on every corner, and there isn’t good public transit for people who don’t drive to be able to go get an ID. I think it’s fair to assume that the trends that exist in other states will show up here, with the poor, the elderly, and those from more rural areas being hit hardest by this voter ID law.” [Gilles Bissonnette, the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire]

The most common form of ID used to vote is a drivers license. Yet the state has only 15 DMVs to serve 1.3 million residents. Some are only open a few days a week and none with weekend or evening hours, making it even more difficult for working New Hampshire voters to obtain an ID. ...

Joan Flood Ashwell, the election law specialist with the non-partisan League of Women Voters of New Hampshire,...said she’s also seen a lot of frustration among elderly people, who may have given up driving and don’t have passports. “When they first implemented the law in 2012, I was monitoring the polls and I saw an older man yelling at the poll worker for demanding an ID from his wife, who had never driven a car,” she said. “They felt humiliated that the town she’d lived in forever wouldn’t just let her vote. And that was before they implemented the Polaroid photo provision. How are they going to feel now?” 

New Hampshire’s New Voter-ID Law Could Lead to Longer Lines, Voter Intimidation
02/08/16 |
Publication Date: 
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 11:00
Excerpt: 

New Hampshire voters will be asked to show government-issued ID when they cast a ballot. Those without the required ID can still cast a regular ballot by signing an affidavit, but they will have to let poll workers take their pictures, which is raising alarms among voting-rights activists. ...

“It’s saying to voters, ‘We suspect you of being a criminal.’” ...

It could also lead to longer lines at the polls. Wait times increased by 50 percent when the voter-ID law was partially implemented, without the camera requirement, during the 2012 election, the fifth-largest increase nationwide according to the Pew Research Center. “Reports to voter protection hotlines and reports in newspapers after the election showed that at least 29 cities and towns experienced serious problems with lines,” found the New Hampshire League of Women Voters.

In May 2015, 150 election officials from every county in the state called for the camera mandate to be repealed.

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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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Helpful Election Information

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2016 Presidential Preference: Saturday, March 5 (Democrats--caucus)

                                           Tuesday, May 10 (Republicans--primary)

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

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

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

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