Know Your Rights on Election Day

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Civic Nebraska will have election observers at polling places across Nebraska and will have a voter protection hotline to request assistance or report voter intimidation or disenfranchisement.

Election Protection Hotline:

English: 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)        

Spanish: 888-VE-Y-VOTA ( 888-839-8682)

Twitter: @nebraskareform          Email: elections@civicnebraska.org

Voter’s Bill of Rights

  1. Right to Receive a Ballot.

Called the “ballot of last resort”, a provisional ballot is available if there is something wrong with your voter registration. Maybe you forgot to update your address, or maybe you requested a mail ballot but it got destroyed. If you show up to your polling place on Election Day and are denied a regular ballot, call Civic Nebraska and ask the poll worker to vote a provisional ballot.

  1. Right to Cast a Ballot.

Election Day is 8am to 8pm (7am-7pm Mountain Time). If you are in line at your polling place by 8pm, you have the right to cast a ballot. If you are told that you cannot receive a ballot, do not leave the polling place – call Civic Nebraska immediately and stay in line.

  1. Right to Privacy.

You have the right to fill out your ballot privately and independently. You have the right to a secret ballot. You do not have to tell anyone who you voted for, whether you share that information is 100% up to you.

  1. Right to Vote Free of Intimidation.

No one should be electioneering within 200 feet of your polling place or inside where ballots are being cast. If you feel intimidated by anyone at your polling place, tell the poll worker immediately. If the poll worker does not take action or the individual refuses to leave, call Civic Nebraska immediately.

  1. No ID Required.

You are not required to provide identification or recite your voter identification number before receiving a ballot. All you need to provide is your name and affirm your address when prompted. There is one small exception to this rule: if you (1) are a first time voter in Nebraska and you (2) registered to vote by mail, but (3) failed to include your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your SSN on the application – then you will need to produce verification. Possible verification includes a license, a utility bill, your car registration, or a bank statement.

Interested in protecting the right to vote? Volunteer as a nonpartisan election observer.

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