Casting provisional ballots are an option for Nebraska Voters

Posted at 6:14 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 19:14:42-05

OMAHA, NEB. (KMTV) — If you're a registered voter in Nebraska, you should be able to vote in person on Tuesday; but it's possible some people may run into snags along the way and be asked to cast a provisional ballot.

“Everyone is given the chance to vote,” Linda Duckworth, Co-President, League of Women Voters of Nebraska said. “There could be various reasons why it might not be easy, but nobody should be told they cannot vote.”

For instance, if you moved and didn't re-register or if you requested an early ballot you may be asked to cast a provisional ballot.

She said a provisional ballot means they need to do some more research before your vote is counted.

“There is a lot of checking they have to do,” Duckworth said. “For instance did that person receive an early ballot, if they did, did they vote? If they did then their provisional ballot won’t count.”

Duckworth said going through the provisional ballot process can take 15 to 30 minutes.

“Part of the process is filling out a registration form all over again, so basically re-registering to vote. And another part is answering a series of questions. The poll worker has a series of questions to make sure everything is getting done. They finally give you a ballot, you vote.”

She said you should get a receipt after you've cast your provisional ballot and instructions on how to follow up to see if it's approved.

If you run into any problems, you can call the Civic Nebraska Voter Protection Hotline at 402-890-5291 or

  • English 866-687-8683.
  • Espanol 888-VE-Y-VOTA
  • Asian Languages 888-API-VOTE
  • Arabic 844-YALLA-US