As voters, we are vested with awesome power. But if we don’t use it, we lose it. The right to vote is never guaranteed, which is why Civic Nebraska amplifies, champions, and relentlessly defends it. Our Voting Rights Initiatives team is in the streets, neighborhoods, and the halls of power to grow the electorate, support pro-voter policies, and protect ballot access for every Nebraskan.
In 2023, those efforts included:
›› Following November 2022’s mandate directing the Nebraska Legislature to impose new identification requirements on all voters, Civic Nebraska got to work to ensure no one was disenfranchised. The result was LB514, far and away the most accommodating of the proposals offered by state senators. In 2024, Civic Nebraska will focus on educating voters about the new law’s effects.
›› We brought national voting-rights leader Desmond Meade to Nebraska to advocate for LB20, a bill to end our state’s arbitrary two-year waiting period for those formerly convicted of a felony to vote. LB20 easily moved out of committee to the statehouse floor, where it will be considered in 2024. We’re committed to getting LB20 across the finish line and signed into law.
›› Our nonpartisan voting-rights advocates canvassed Lincoln leading up to the city’s municipal and mayoral elections, providing voters information about registering as well as the various methods of casting a ballot. All told, the team made nearly 5,000 phone calls, knocked on nearly 1,000 doors, and sent more than 21,000 texts.
Voting is not just a solitary act. It’s a collective affirmation of our rights and responsibilities. And when we all participate, voting reaches well beyond Election Day by fortifying the foundations of our democracy. Every day and in every way, our Voting Rights Initiatives ensure that this foundation is solid for generations to come.
By the Numbers
Calls to Nebraska voters to educate and encourage action on restoring former felons’ voting rights
Nebraskans who pledged their support, contacted their state senators, and/or testified at the Capitol in support of voting rights restoration
Lincoln voters engaged at their doors in get-out-the-vote conversations ahead of the spring municipal elections, in addition to 21,385 election reminder text messages to voters
On the Mic: Heidi Uhing
Director of Public Policy
Civic Nebraska has long opposed bringing voter ID requirements to Nebraska. But when voters approved a ballot measure making it inevitable that the Legislature would enact voter ID in 2023, Civic Nebraska led a pro-voter coalition that worked with the Government Committee and election officials to ensure that any new law would be as inclusive as possible.
As a result, the new law accepts a broad array of IDs; provides state IDs free of charge; and protects vote-by-mail; and includes a $1 million public awareness campaign. Civic Nebraska organizers are already in the field conducting extensive voter education work to prepare for 2024, the first election to be administered under the new requirements.
Civic Nebraska will stand firm at the statehouse to protect free and fair elections. For more information about and answers to frequently asked questions on Nebraska voters’ new ID requirements, click here.