Election Observation: How You Can Protect Voting Rights

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Through our non-partisan Election Protection Program, Civic Nebraska has its finger on the pulse of Nebraska’s election, providing Civic Nebraska the opportunity to identify trends and recurring lapses in our election structure – providing a foundation for future policy changes and proposals.

Most importantly, it protects an individual’s right to vote. Civic Nebraska can immediately identify individual or systemic problems on Election day and allows us to intervene and remedy the violation before the polls close – ensuring that each voter has their voice heard.

Being a non partisan election observer is easy, informative and fun! We train you on election law practices and procedures, and you pick the shift that works for you.

Look at some of the examples of issues below from past observers, and fill out the sign-up form at the bottom of the page!

“Precinct confusion, voters are being sent back and forth between precincts. The two precincts in one location is confusing voters” – Chris, Election Observer at Precinct 2D-2, Lincoln NE.

“1:30pm: Running out of provisional ballots, they called the election commissioner for more… 4:45pm: When I returned they still didn’t have them. I called Adam, ballots arrived at 5:05pm” – Marilyn, Butler Gast YMCA, Omaha NE

“5:15pm voter told wrong location… 5:35pm voter told wrong location… 5:40pm voter told wrong location… 6:20pm voter told wrong location… 6:45pm… 6:50pm… 6:55pm… 7:47pm voter told wrong location” – Linda, Malcolm Foundation, Omaha NE

5pm: Not enough booths to vote…5:30pm not enough booths – long lines” – Linda, Malcolm Foundation, Omaha NE

“Automark machine went down in late morning, wasn’t replaced until 4:45pm” – Florence Christian Church, Omaha NE

These observations are vital to improving accessibility and fairness in Nebraska elections. Join us May 10th, volunteer as a nonpartisan election observer today!

Election Protection Volunteer Form

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