Nebraska 2022 Voter Rights. What you should know before Election Day | Panda Anku

EDITOR’S NOTE: This page is part of a comprehensive guide to United States and Puerto Rico state voting rights.

Nebraska, like many other conservative states, could soon introduce a voter ID law — if voters sign off on a potential measure in November. Over the summer, groups supporting the initiative submitted approximately 170,000 signatures to the Nebraska Secretary of State to get the constitutional issue before voters. Currently, voters in the state are not required to show ID unless they are voting for the first time and are registered by mail without attaching a copy of their ID or proof of address.

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A Dawson County court fined two men who each voted twice in the 2016 presidential election. Some, like MyPillow owner Mike Lindell, allege that fraud occurred in Nebraska during the 2020 presidential election. Lindell said he had evidence someone stole 80,000 votes from Trump. However, Republican Secretary of State Bob Evnen issued a PowerPoint presentation to all 49 state senators defending the integrity of the election.

Persons convicted of crimes cannot vote until two years after they have served their sentence, including parole or probation. You have to register again.

Source: NE Secretary of State

Nebraska does not require a voter ID. It would only be necessary if you registered to vote by mail and did not enclose a copy of your ID confirming your address, e.g. a utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck.

Source: Nebraska Secretary of State

Nebraska offers “no excuse” for early voting. You can vote ahead of time in person or by post. Voters should submit an application by mail, fax or email to their district elections office. Officials take applications up to 120 days before an election, and the polling office should receive an application by 6 p.m. on the second Friday before an election. A voter can vote in person at the district electoral office starting 30 days before a primary or general election and within 15 days after all other elections. Officials allow this up to the last day before an election. The Nebraska Secretary of State mails and receives early ballots within 35 days of a primary or general election and within 15 days of all other elections. Voters must return the ballot paper to the district elections office on election day before the polling stations close. Nebraskans can track their ballot status here.

Source: Nebraska Secretary of State

According to AARP, Nebraska treats mail-in voting the same way it treats early voting. Nebraska offers no-parole early voting, which can be done in person or by mail. Voters should mail, fax, or email a ballot application to the District Elections Office and must return the ballot to the District Elections Office before polling closes on Election Day.

Source: AARP, Nebraska Secretary of State

Mail-in voting is the same as early and absentee voting in Nebraska. The state is offering “no excuse” for early voting, which can be done in person or by mail. Voters should submit a ballot application by mail, fax, or email to their county election office and must return the ballot to the county election office before polling closes on election day. However, several counties have implemented mail-only voting under a law allowing it in areas with fewer than 10,000 residents, according to lawmakers.

Source: Secretary of State for Nebraska, AARP, Nebraska State Legislature

Nebraska’s 2021 redistribution reduced the size of the 1st congressional district and expanded the 2nd and 3rd districts. The 2nd Ward now includes Saunders County and the 3rd now extends along the state’s eastern border into Washington and Otoe counties. The state’s electoral college system, like Maine’s, awards one vote for each congressional district and two votes to the winner of the state popular vote. President Joe Biden won one electoral vote from the 2nd District in the 2020 election, while former President Donald Trump won four votes from the rest of the state.

Source: NE State Legislature, National Archives, Nebraska Public Media

Nebraska prohibits campaign activity within 200 feet of polling stations. It is illegal to bring campaign paraphernalia, including buttons, pencils, hats or placards, into a polling station. Prohibited materials in the polls include anything with “the name, likeness, logo, symbol or number, title, subject, logo, or symbol of a candidate’s electoral activity.”

Source: Nebraska Secretary of State

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