Accessible Elections and Voting Rights

 

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NCR works to make elections more accessible for youth, low income, people with disabilities, and seniors. In order to achieve this voting rights must be protected in a non partisan fashion both in the courts, at the polling booth, and in the Nebraska Legislature.

To do that we provide non-partisan individual voting rights protection and Nebraska election administration policy research. We also provide legal representation of individuals who we feel have legitimate voting rights claims in administrative processes and even court. We work with policy makers, stakeholders and members of our community.

To summarize, we provide the following services:

Non-Partisan Election Observation: We recruit election observers form all political backgrounds to observe polling places in a non-partisan way to observe practices, wait time, and ensure that voting rights are not being violated. Our non partisan election protection operation in 2012 led to a successful administrative complaint on behalf of voters in Douglas County unlawfully denied the right to cast provisional ballots pursuant to state and federal law.

Voting Rights Litigation: When voters are unlawfully denied the right to vote they do not hire an attorney for thousands of dollars, they come to public interest organizations like Nebraskans for Civic Reform. When their voting rights are violated we will either help them file a complaint and represent them in the administrative complaint process through the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office, or even file and represent them in state or federal court. In 2012 NCR successfully represented a blind individual in the administrative complaint process that was unable to vote privately and independently pursuant to federal law.

Voting Rights Policy: NCR works to research, educate and promote laws that would make elections more accessible, particularly for traditionally disenfranchised populations such as youth, low income, people with disabilities, and seniors. We also oppose legislation and educate the public on the impact of legislation that would create unnecessary barriers to voting.

If you have any questions about our voting rights work, please contact Bri McLarty at bri.mclarty@nereform.org.