Voting is our most basic right, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The League of Women Voters of Nebraska was founded in 1920, during the final year of the women’s suffrage movement that culminated with the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
However, the 19th Amendment did not finish the job of extending voter rights to all citizens. Chinese Americans, Asian Americans, Japanese Americans and Native Americans were not considered citizens until years after the 15th and 19th Amendments – which state that the rights of citizens to vote cannot be denied on the account of race or sex – were ratified. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed discriminatory voting barriers adopted in many Southern states, primarily to prevent African Americans from voting. However, in 2013, key provisions of the Voting Rights Act were struck down in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Shelby County vs. Holder.
Thus, we still struggle today to make sure that all U.S. citizens have the right to cast their ballots. The LWVNE continues its work to support voting rights and educate Nebraska citizens on the issues. We conduct voter registrations; provide a statewide online candidate information guide via VOTE411.org; and fight to expand Vote by Mail and restoration of voting rights.
Vote because elections matter.
Vote because elections aren’t simply about your representatives in Washington, DC, or who is president. Who you choose to lead your local and state governments will have an impact on the life of your community.
Voting matters to you, your family and your neighbors.
Stand up and let your Vote Count!
Voting is Your Civic Right and Responsibility
REGISTERING TO VOTE:
- If you are a citizen of the United States and you will be 18 years old on or before the first Tuesday, following the first Monday in November (November 3, 2020, this year), you are eligible to vote and should register. Register to vote online here.
APPLYING FOR EARLY MAIL-IN BALLOT:
- Any registered voter in Nebraska may apply for an early voting ballot (also known as a vote-by-mail or mail-in ballot) and is not required to provide a reason for the request.To receive a ballot via the mail, an early voting application is required for each election. For the 2020 General Election, voters can submit an early voting application between July 6 and 6 p.m. October 23. These forms can be filled out online, but must be printed and mailed to your county election official)Request an early mail-in ballot here.
- Once you receive your early voting ballot, it MUST arrive at your Election Commissioner or County Clerk’s office by the close of polls on Election Day. Ballots may be mailed or taken to a drop box at your county office.
- See how easy it is to Vote by Mail in the video below.
DROP BOXES FOR YOUR EARLY MAIL-IN BALLOT:
- Multiple drop boxes are located in Douglas and Sarpy counties. Find a list of drop box locations in all Nebraska counties here.
2020 GENERAL ELECTION FACTS FOR DOUGLAS & SARPY COUNTIES
RESTORATION OF VOTING RIGHTS:
- Returning citizens can have their voting rights reinstated two years after completing all sentencing provisions including any probation, prison time and/or parole. Legal Status & Voting Rights in Nebraska as of October 2019
- Returning citizens voting rights – Know Your Rights
Youth Voting Resources
Millennials and Gen Z are now the largest potential voting block in the United States. These young voters now have the opportunity to use their power.
What issues can young voters affect with their vote?
- minimum wage
- car taxes
- cost of college
- student debt
- birth control
- guns in school
- reform of the justice system
How do young voters make their voices heard?
- contacting public officials
- posting on social media
- signing petitions
VOTING REGISTRATION IS MOBILE – REGISTER AT ROCKTHEVOTE.ORG
Where do I register if I am away at college?
You can register at your college address or your home address.
Why Don't Young People Vote?
Voting by mail is easy.
- If you are a registered voter, you just need to send back the early voting ballot application postcard you received.
- If you can’t find your postcard, just print the following on a piece of paper and send it to your county election official:
- name of the election – November 3, 2020, General Election
- voter’s name
- voter’s home address
- address where the ballot should be mailed, if different than voter’s home address
- voter’s date of birth
- voter’s phone number
- voter’s signature
2020 Key Dates for the General Election
July 6 – 6 p.m. October 23:
Submit an application to receive a Vote-by-Mail ballot.
First day a Vote-by-Mail ballot can be mailed to voters for the General Election.
Last day to register online to vote or to postmark your voter registration application.
October 5 – November 2:
Return Vote-by-Mail ballots.
November 2 :
Last day for early voting – in person – at county clerk or election commission office.
General Election statewide. Polls are open from 8 a.m. (Central Time/7 a.m. Mountain Time) to 8 p.m. (Central Time/7 p.m. Mountain Time) for in-person voting.
- See what’s on your ballot.
- View and compare candidate information.
- Check your voter registration.
- Find your polling place.
- Discover upcoming debates in your area.
- And much more!
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