The current energy under the banner of Black Lives Matter has prompted an urgent national conversation on equality, inclusion, and justice. In several towns and cities around the country – including Nebraska – we’re witnessing true citizen-driven change. It’s a powerful testament for peaceful, determined protest as an instrument of democracy.
Going forward, there are many areas to continue funneling this energy. One is in registering to vote and participating in our democracy via the ballot – and helping others register, too. This right was fought, bled, and died for so that all Americans can stand up and be counted. Elections matter, and we have a pivotal one in fewer than 150 days. As we saw with Nebraska’s record-setting primary, the more people who participate the better it is for our democracy.
Recently, Candide Villard of the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha and I shared several important details on voter registration. As protests, rallies, and other events continue, it’s important to understand how to effectively advocate for new voters seeking to get registered.
Among the topics Candide and I cover include:
– What documents are required?
– Can 17-year-olds register if they’ll be 18 on Nov. 3?
– Can homeless Nebraskans register? How?
– Can former felons vote? When?
– How do you vote by mail in Nebraska?
– What are ways I can get more people at an event to stop and register?
– And lots more. Please take a few minutes to review the video, and please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions. And, as always, thank you for all that you do.
Voting Rights Field Director