A federal voter registration form incorrectly instructs potential voters that no felons can vote in Nebraska. But, under state law, voting rights are automatically restored two years after felons complete their sentences. The Nebraska Legislature changed the law in 2005. The inaccurate instructions on the National Voter Registration Form were pointed out by the nonpartisan voter advocacy group Campaign Legal Center in a letter to Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale last month.
The instructions on the form say that to register to vote in Nebraska, one must “not have been convicted of a felony, or if convicted, have had your civil rights restored.”
Nebraska updated its state registration forms to reflect the 2005 law change. The information also is correct on the state’s online voter registration portal and on Department of Motor Vehicles voter registration forms.