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What voters need to know about

Nebraska’s new voter ID law

On June 1, 2023, Gov. Jim Pillen signed into law LB 514, which establishes voter identification (ID) requirements for elections in Nebraska. The first election requiring voter ID will be the May 14, 2024, statewide primary election. There are several ways you can vote – in person at a polling station, early at the county election office, early by mail, or in by-mail precincts or by-mail special elections. Nebraska Farm Bureau News sat down with Nebraska Secretary of State Bov Evnen to go over the requirements for Nebraska’s new voter ID law and answer questions regarding the new requirement.

Q1. What do voters need to remember if they plan to vote in person?
A1.
Voters heading to the polls on May 14 will need to bring an acceptable photo ID to vote. This includes a Nebraska driver’s license, a state ID, a college ID, a nursing home or assisted-living facility record, a passport, a military ID, a tribal ID, or an ID from a city, county, school district or other political subdivision of the state. The ID must have the voter’s name and photo. The ID can be expired.

Q2. What happens if you forget your ID?
A2.
A voter who forgets their ID can run home and get their ID before they sign in. Voters who accidentally forget their photo ID but want to go ahead and cast their ballot can still choose to vote provisionally. However, they will need to find or obtain a photo ID and bring it to their county election office by the end of the day on May 21 to have their ballot count.

Q3. What if you do not have an ID and you want to vote?
A3.
Nebraskans can get a free state ID from the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. A voter who cannot get an ID due to a disability, illness, lack of required documents or religious objection, can complete a Reasonable Impediment Certification. There are a very small number of voters who might need to use this option. County election offices will check to make sure these voters do not have a DMV-issued ID. Federal law limits the scope of who can be required to present photo ID for voting.

Q4. What IDs will not be accepted to vote?
A4.
Do not use these items as forms of ID:

  • Birth certificate
  • Medicare or Medicaid card
  • Out-of-state driver’s license
  • Out-of-state college ID
  • Social Security card
  • Store membership card
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Voter registration acknowledgement card

Q5. What do I need to do if I vote in person at my county election office?
A5.
People who like to vote early in person at their county election office will need to follow the same requirements as those voting in person on Election Day. They’ll need to bring an acceptable form of photo ID or vote provisionally and bring in a photo ID later.

Q6. What do I need to do if I vote by mail?
A6.
When requesting an early voting ballot by mail, Nebraska voters will need to write their driver’s license or state ID number on the ballot request form. Those who choose not to write down that information can put a photocopy of their state-approved photo ID in the envelope. County election officials are reporting a smooth process so far with the early voting application process. Election workers are contacting and working with voters who have not successfully completed the voter ID requirement. Please do not wait until the last minute to send in an early voting application or return your ballot. In order to mail you a ballot, your county election official must receive your early voting application by May 3.

Q7. Since I provided my ID information when I sent in an early voting application, do I need to provide it again when I send in my ballot?
A7.
No, if you reside in a regular voting precinct you will provide your photo ID information on your early voting application. Once you provide that information, and it’s approved by your county election office, they will send you a ballot. You will not need to provide your photo ID information again for that election.

Q8. What if I live in a county that votes entirely by mail?
A8.
People in 11 largely rural Nebraska counties vote entirely by mail – Boone, Cedar, Cherry, Clay, Dawes, Dixon, Garden, Knox, Merrick, Morrill and Stanton. Every registered voter in those all-mail precincts receives a ballot by mail. Those voters will have two options when completing the voter ID requirement by mail.

They will need to write their driver’s license or approved state ID number on the envelope used to return their ballot. Or the voter can insert a photocopy of their ID in their ballot return envelope.

Q9. Do I need to re-register to vote?
A9.
No, people do not need to re-register to vote just because there is a new voter ID law. If your voter registration information is up to date, you’re good to go. You can check your voter registration information at ne.gov/go/votercheck.

To learn more about the new voter ID process go to voterID.nebraska.gov.

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