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VOTING

Primary Election: May 14, 2024

General Election: November 5, 2024

What you need to know about Nebraska Voter ID

Nebraska Now Requires Photo ID to Vote

Nebraska’s primary is on May 14, 2024, with the general election on Nov. 5, 2024. Beginning with the May primary, voters in Nebraska must have a photo ID to cast their ballots. To learn more about the requirements – e.g., what does this mean if I vote by mail? – click on this link for the Nebraska Secretary of State website.

Please make sure your friends and family know about the new voter ID requirement.

How to Get a Free ID to Vote in Nebraska

Voters can get a free state ID for voting purposes at the Nebraska DMV. They will need to bring documents confirming their identity and their address when applying for a state ID. 

Nebraskans who need a copy of their birth certificate to get a free state ID can get a free certified copy of their Nebraska birth certificate from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Vital Records. A birth certificate is not an acceptable form of photo ID. 

If a voter has a reasonable impediment that prevents them from obtaining a photo ID, they can complete a Reasonable Impediment Certification (RIC). Reasonable impediments are:

  • Inability to obtain an acceptable form of ID due to:
    • Disability or illness
    • Lack of birth certificate or other required documents
  • Religious objection to being photographed.

About Voting

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.

Why Vote

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!

Register to vote

Please have your driver’s license or identification card available before you begin filling out this application. The application must be delivered the third Friday before the elections in order to vote at your polling place. 

Primary Election: May 14, 2024 

General Election: November 5, 2024

Voting is your right and civic responsibility

REGISTER TO VOTE:

REQUEST EARLY VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT:

 Once you receive your early voting ballot, all early voting ballots MUST arrive at the Election Commissioner or County Clerk’s office by the close of the polls on Election Day. Ballots can be mailed or dropped off at a drop box at your county office. 

DROP BOXES:

ELECTION INFORMATION FOR DOUGLAS AND SARPY COUNTY 

Vote411 offers information on:

  • Local, state and federal powers specific to your address.
  • Information about candidates for primary and general elections.
  • Where to vote  

And a lot lot more.

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