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Voting in Nebraska
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- 1 Registration
- 2 Voting on Election Day
- 3 Absentee voting
- 4 Early voting
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
For full information about voting in Nebraska, contact your state election agency.
To vote in Nebraska, you must meet the following requirements:
When and where
A voter registration application can be filled out in the following locations:
Registration forms returned in person must be received by the second Friday preceding the election. Applications returned by mail must be mailed and postmarked by the third Friday preceding the election (18 days prior).
As of March 2015, Nebraska is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration. A law was enacted in 2014 to allow for online voter registration, but it had not been implemented as of January 2015.
Voting on Election Day
- See also: Voter identification laws by state
Voters do not need to present identification in order to vote. A voter may be asked for identification if he or she is a first-time registrant who mailed in his or her registration application and did not provide identification at that time.
In early 2015, Senator Tyson Larson introduced LB111 in the Nebraska State Legislature. The bill proposed requiring voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls. The legislation also "[provided] for acquisition of a state card at no cost for voters who may not have a photo ID." Larson argued that the requirement was necessary in order to "protect the integrity and reliability of the electoral process."
On February 17, 2015, opponents in the legislature began a filibuster. Senator Adam Morfeld said the legislation "[imposed] on a fundamental constitutional right [to solve] a nonexistent problem." Senator Ernie Chambers, meanwhile, called the bill "treacherous, disingenuous and racist." Other opponents of the legislation argued that providing free identification to voters who lack it could have cost the state upwards of $1 million.
On February 18, 2015, state legislators voted to move the bill to the bottom of the legislative agenda, effectively eliminating any chance of passage in the 2015 legislative session. Larson said he would consider introducing a similar bill in a later session. Larson said, "The new members of the Legislature, nobody quite knew where they were going to be, and they showed where they were and that's part of dealing with a new body."
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Nebraska is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. A blanket primary system is used for the nonpartisan legislature and some other statewide races. Congressional primary elections are closed.
- See also: Absentee voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Nebraska. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
The last day to request an absentee ballot to be mailed is the Wednesday prior to Election Day at 4 p.m (CST). A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by 8 p.m. (CST) on Election Day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- See also: Early voting
Nebraska is one of 33 states (plus the District of Columbia) that permit some form of early voting.
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- Nebraska Secretary of State, "A Guide for Registering to Vote and Voting in Nebraska," accessed June 10, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Voter Information Frequently Asked Questions," accessed June 10, 2014
- JournalStar.com, "Voter photo ID bill prompts filibuster," February 17, 2015
- The Columbus Telegram, "Voter ID legislation abruptly stops, likely dead in Nebraska," February 18, 2015
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Voter Information Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
- National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Voter Information Frequently Asked Questions," accessed December 16, 2013
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