VOTE.411 Helps More Than 6 Million Voters
The 2020 election cycle saw a record voter turnout. And, for the League of Women Voters Education Fund, the VOTE411.org election information website broke records as well.
This year, more than 6 million users came to VOTE411.org, the League’s one-stop-shop election website.
That’s about 1.5 million more users than four years ago.
Users who came to VOTE411.org viewed more than 30 million pages of nonpartisan election information, including checking registration, finding polling places, confirming voting hours and more.
Of the more than 6 million users, nearly 5.3 million of them viewed more than 37 million pages to see what would be on their ballots. These users utilized the League’s candidate guides to research what the candidates had to say in their own words about the issues and compare their positions in more than 22,000 races in all 50 states.
Ahead of this critical election, the League redesigned VOTE411.org to support more voters than ever before. The League added new features including a “check your registration map,” which more than 300,000 people used in just the last two months of the election cycle. The League’s registration tool saw more than 170,000 users, including 55,000 in October just before registration deadlines hit.
Since VOTE411.org first launched more than a decade ago, the League’s goal was to make its nonpartisan election information accessible in Spanish. In 2020, this dream came true. With its partner organization — the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials — the League translated the critical last-minute COVID-related changes all voters faced as well as all the state-specific election information in targeted states during the primary season. The fully translated Spanish language content launched in September. With just two months before Election Day, more than 110,000 users accessed over 350,000 pages with Spanish language election content.
So who was using VOTE411.org in 2020?
Of the more than 6 million website visitors, 57% identify as female according to Google. More than half of VOTE411.org users are between the ages of 18 to 44. Users found VOTE411 so engaging, they spent an average of five minutes on the site and averaged more than five pages per visit. The League supported voters in all 50 states, but saw the most website traffic from Texas, New York, Florida, Michigan, California, North Carolina, Georgia, Massachusetts, Ohio and Illinois.
In addition to finding election information and researching candidates, more than 2,000 users signed up to learn more about becoming a poll worker. Through the League’s partnership with Power the Polls, interested individuals were connected with local election officials to play an important role in administering elections all over the country.
The League thanks its partners for helping spread the word to reach millions of voters and looks forward to continuing to build and grow this essential election service to serve more voters in every election.
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, 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. 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:
- Drop boxes are available in all Nebraska counties. Douglas, Sarpy and Lancaster counties have multiple drop boxes.
Find a list of drop box locations in all Nebraska counties here.
FUTURE ELECTION DATES:
- Omaha municipal elections in 2021.
- Next statewide election – Gubernatorial statewide primary – anticipated date May 10. 2022.
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.
- Locked Out 2020: Estimates of People Denied Voting Rights Due to a Felony Conviction.
Youth Voting Resources
- minimum wage
- car taxes
- cost of college
- student debt
- birth control
- guns in school
- reform of the justice system
- contacting public officials
- posting on social media
- signing petitions
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 (primary of general) and date of 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
- 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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