Nebraska

Snapshot: Nebraska has a poor score for ease of voting and a good score for ballot security. There are some red flags about how elected officials responded to claims about the 2020 elections.

Ease of Voting

Some measures to expand access
3 out of 7 benchmarks

Ballot Security

Some measures to ensure accuracy and security
5 out of 8 benchmarks

What Politicians Say

Several responses that undermined the 2020 election
2 out of 4 benchmarks

Little has changed about Nebraska elections since Donald Trump lost to President Joe Biden.

The state has passed only minor legislation that would allow it to more effectively remove from the rolls voters who have moved to another state.

Trump-backed candidates in the Republican primary for governor and secretary of state who had backed his baseless claims of election fraud lost.


Ease of Voting

Is the state making it easy for eligible voters to register and cast a ballot?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Nebraska compares to other states
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Nebraska made no changes to state law that would affect voting access.


Ballot Security

Is the state following best practices to ensure ballot counting is accurate and timely?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Nebraska compares to other states
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In 2021, Nebraska passed legislation that would allow it to join the Electronic Registration Information Center, a nonprofit that helps states see when a voter has moved or registered to vote in another state, but it has not yet joined.


How Politicians Responded to the 2020 Election

What did the state do in the aftermath of Trump's defeat?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Nebraska compares to other states
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Other states
← Fewer efforts to undermine 2020 election
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Governor Pete Ricketts proposed that Congress create a commission to look into claims of voter fraud, but ultimately said that lawmakers should certify the election.

Attorney General Doug Peterson backed the Texas lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to intervene in the election.

Representative Adrian Smith, one of three Republicans in Indiana’s delegation, objected to certification of Biden electors from Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Smith signed an amicus brief supporting the Texas lawsuit.


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Story by: Ryan Teague Beckwith and Bill Allison
Graphics by: Paul Murray, Allison McCartney and Mira Rojanasakul
With assistance by: Rachael Dottle, Marie Patino, Jenny Zhang, Gregory Korte, Romy Varghese, Vincent Del Giudice, Nathan Crooks, Margaret Newkirk, Shruti Date Singh, David Welch, Elise Young, Dina Bass, Brendan Walsh, Carey Goldberg and Maria Wood
Editors: Wendy Benjaminson, Wes Kosova, Alex Tribou and Yue Qiu
Photo editors: Eugene Reznik, Marisa Gertz and Maria Wood
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