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Grade TL;DR

Over the past two years, Nebraska saw mostly minor anti-voter legislation passed by the Legislature. In 2021, the Legislature did pass a small pro-voter initiative that protects voter information from being publicly posted or displayed. Because the state only saw minor legislative rollbacks, in combination with the small pro-voter initiative passed in 2021, Nebraska received a C- on this year’s scorecard.

Looking Back

Where Nebraska Started in 2020

  • Automatic Voter Registration: No
  • Online Voter Registration: DMV ID
  • Same-Day Registration: No
  • Restoration of Rights: Parole and/or Probation Disenfranchisement
  • Vote by Mail: No-Excuse
  • Electronic Registration Information Center Member: No
  • Early Voting Opportunities: Regular Ballot Early Voting
  • ID Requirements: No Document Required

Relying on the Cost of Voting Index for Nebraska as of 2020, we considered the state a middle tier state for pre-existing voting policy and compared its 2021-22 activity against other middle tier states.

How Our Tier Compares:

  • COVI (2020): 22nd
  • EPI Score (2020): 6th
  • CLC State Scorecard (2022): 7/10
  • MAP Democracy Rating (2022): FAIR

2021: Two Years Ago

Legislative Action

The Nebraska Legislature made one small change to election laws during the 2021 session.

  • L 285 prohibits registered voter lists from being publicly posted or displayed, either physically or electronically. It also prohibits the public disclosure of any information the secretary of state may receive from any nongovernmental organizations that improve voter list maintenance the state may join in the future.

2022: This Past Year

Legislative Action

After making only minor election-law changes last year, the 2022 Legislature passed L 843, an omnibus election bill.

  • L 843 prohibits election officials from accepting private funds for election administration.
  • L 843 adds new security requirements to drop boxes.
  • L 843 requires the secretary of state to establish rules and regulations for how counties can implement the new drop box requirements.
  • L 843 requires election officials to remove voters from the rolls based on DMV data that a voter has surrendered their NE license/ID, among other things.