Nebraska

⚠️ Nebraska’s new photo ID law goes into effect on April 1, 2024! 

Under this law, you must show a photo ID to vote in Nebraska in person or by mail unless you meet one of three exceptions.

Important Updates

Nebraska passed a voter ID law in June 2023. The new law goes into effect April 1, 2024 and requires Nebraska voters to show photo ID to vote unless they meet one of three exceptions. 

Nebraska ID Requirements for Voting In Person

⚠️ Nebraska’s new photo ID law goes into effect on April 1, 2024! 

Acceptable Photo IDs

Your photo ID must meet ALL THREE of the following requirements

  1. Show your name;
  2. Show your photo; AND
  3. Be issued by one of the following entities:
    • The federal government
    • The state of Nebraska or a political subdivision of the state of Nebraska (e.g. county)
    • A college or university within Nebraska
    • The US Department of Defense
    • A branch of the military
    • The US Department of Veterans Affairs (formerly called the Veterans Administration)
    • A hospital, assisted living facility, nursing home, or skilled care facility.

Your ID does not have to show your address or an expiration date.

Examples of accepted IDs (with your photo, name and address listed) include:

  • Nebraska drivers license
  • Nebraska state identification card
  • Student ID from a college or university in Nebraska
  • Military ID
  • Veterans ID
  • Nursing home ID

You do not have to show photo ID when voting in person if you do not have an ID due to:

  1. Disability or illness;
  2. Lack of a birth certificate or other documents required to get an ID;
  3. Religious objection to being photographed. 

Instead you can complete a form called a reasonable impediment certificate and vote without ID.

Get in touch with VoteRiders if you have questions or need free help securing ID!

Frequently Asked Questions

You can get a free Nebraska state ID card if you meet all of the following:

  • You are requesting the state ID card to use it to vote
  • You do not have a valid Nebraska driver’s license
  • You are at least 18 years old (or 17 years old and will turn 18 before the second Tuesday in November of the year in which you apply)

Find out how to apply for a state ID card here.

Get in touch with VoteRiders if you have questions or need free help securing ID.

Some voters will be able to vote without a photo ID if they have a reason for not having acceptable ID called a “reasonable impediment”.

There are three exceptions to the requirement that all Nebraska voters must present an acceptable ID to vote. 

You do not have to show photo ID to vote if you do not have an ID due to:

  1. Disability or illness
  2. Lack of a birth certificate or other documents required to get an ID
  3. Religious objection to being photographed 

If you qualify for one of these exceptions you must fill out a form called a reasonable impediment certificate in order to have your ballot counted.

Get in touch with VoteRiders if you have questions or need free help securing ID.

You do not need a “REAL ID” to vote in Nebraska.

Your driver’s license or state ID card will show a star if it meets REAL ID requirements under federal law. 

Get in touch with VoteRiders if you have questions or need free help securing ID.

No. The state has not passed any law nor provided any guidance as to whether poll workers and other election officials can rely on an image of your ID on your mobile or other electronic device instead of the original version of your ID to vote in person.

Get in touch with VoteRiders if you have questions or need free help securing ID.

Nebraska ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

⚠️ New voter ID law as of June 2023!

Any registered voter may request an early-voting (absentee) ballot. No excuse is required.

You must submit your absentee ballot application by the close of business on the second Friday before the election.

Absentee Ballot Request

To request an absentee ballot you must provide ONE of the following: 

  • The identification number of your Nebraska driver’s license or state identification card
  • A photocopy of any other valid photo ID
  • A reasonable impediment certificate indicating one of the following three reasons for not providing photo ID:
    • Disability or illness
    • Lack of a birth certificate or other documents required to get an ID
    • Religious objection to being photographed  

If you do not provide ID or a reasonable impediment certificate when requesting an absentee ballot the election commissioner or county clerk will contact you and let you know that they cannot issue the ballot until you provide either.

Absentee Ballot

Most voters do not need to include any form of ID with their absentee ballot. 

If you live in a county where absentee ballots are automatically mailed to all voters, election officials will inform you if you need to include ID with your ballot.

Get in touch with VoteRiders if you have questions or need free help securing ID.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your absentee ballot is rejected because you did not provide your Nebraska drivers license or state ID card number, a copy of your acceptable photo ID or a reasonable impediment certificate with your absentee ballot, the election commissioner or county clerk must contact you no later than the day after the election. To make sure your absentee ballot is counted you must present accepted photographic identification or a reasonable impediment certification to the election commissioner or county clerk on or before the Tuesday after the election.

Absentee ballots that are rejected for reasons other than failure to provide ID cannot  be fixed (“cured”) after 8:00 PM CT on Election Day.

In Nebraska, a mail-in ballot will be rejected if it is not signed. Depending on the county, if you did not sign your ballot, you may be contacted by your county’s election office in order to fix your ballot (prior to 8:00 PM CT). Some counties are required to alert a voter prior to 8:00 PM CT on Election Day that their ballot was rejected, and other counties use their discretion (and will not alert voters). However, if you live in a county that does not allow in-person voting, the county is required to alert you if your ballot is rejected.

If you vote by mail, you can check the status of your ballot online: Nebraska Voter Information Lookup. If your ballot status shows it has been rejected, you should reach out to your county’s Election Commissioner in order to obtain a new ballot. You have a right to receive up to four ballots if a mistake is made when marking your ballots. A mistake could include a pet eating your ballot, a ripped ballot, food or coffee spilled on a ballot, etc.