What if I don’t want to risk voting in person? How long do I have to request a vote-by-mail ballot? How will I know if voting by mail is secure? Nebraskans have lots of questions about the May 12 primary election and are focusing on voting earlier this year than a typical election cycle.
You’ve come to the right place. Civic Nebraska has several resources to help inform Nebraska voters so they can participate effectively in the primary:
> Our Election Protection Hotline – 402-890-5291– is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays now through May 11, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 12. The Hotline assists Nebraska voters with questions or concerns regarding their ballots. Civic Nebraska’s Voting Rights Initiatives team answers voters’ questions and connects them with resources if necessary, said John Cartier, director of voting rights.
“In this unprecedented election season, we recognize that many more Nebraskans are voting from home early. So we have opened the Election Protection Hotline one month out from the primary election date so we can address any concerns with ballots and election processes,” Cartier said.
> Our online 2020 Nebraska Primary FAQ answers common questions about the election, including those about how and when to register online, how to confirm one’s voter registration status, and the steps election officials take to ensure elections conducted primarily by mail are safe and secure.
> We also are assisting voters who wish to vote by mail in securing their ballot request forms. Those in need of assistance can click here and we’ll guide you through the process. For the primary, county election officials must receive a mail-in ballot request by May 1.
> Finally, Decoding The Ballot 2020 is Civic Nebraska’s informational guide to the elected offices that Nebraskans will vote on this spring, as well as a breakdown of exactly what those offices are actually responsible for.
As of April 16, more than 250,000 Nebraska voters had requested early mail-in ballots. During the 2018 primary the total number was about 59,000.