Nebraska was the 37th state admitted to the US. It gained statehood on March 1, 1867. The state capital of Nebraska is Lincoln and the state’s largest city is Omaha. The area of the state, which contains approximately 77,350 square miles, makes Nebraska the 16th biggest state in the country. People who live in Nebraska are referred to as Nebraskans. The state’s economy is fueled by such major industries as grain processing and the growing and harvesting of soybeans, sorghum and wheat. Meat-packing is another strong industry. The Air Force Strategic Air Command has a strong influence in the state as well.
Nebraska is the Presidential birthplace of the 38th US President, or Gerald Rudolph Ford. He was born on July 14, 1913 in Omaha. He served in the Oval Office from 1974 to 1977. The highest point in the state is Panorama Point, which rises 5,426 feet or 16,546 meters above sea level.
The state, which features 93 counties, borders six states, including Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Wyoming and South Dakota. The origin for the name of the state comes from an Oto Native American words that is translated to “flat water” (a reference to the Platte River in the state, which means “flat river” in the French language.
The state goes by two nicknames – the “Cornhusker State” and the “Tree Planters’ State.” The state motto reads “Equality before the law” and the state song is “Beautiful Nebraska.” Felons who regain their voting rights often relate their own situations to the title and words of the state’s illustrious song.
According to the Brennan Centre for Justice at the New York University School of Law, voting rights for felons are reinstituted two years following the completion of a prison sentence. Nebraska bars voting rights to felons who have been convicted of treason until they have civil rights separately restored.
Felon Voting Law in Nebraska
According to the State of Nebraska Board of Pardons, Nebraskans who once had felony convictions were not able to vote during their lifetime at all. However, a state law in 2005 changed this ruling. Currently, the law automatically reinstates the right to vote for felons after two years of completing their sentence, probation or parole.
However, if you are convicted of treason under the laws of the US or the state, you must apply to have your civil rights restored by means of a pardon. If a pardon is granted, you can vote. If you are convicted of a felony outside of Nebraska, then you can vote in Nebraska two years after prison discharge.
Nebraska law also ensures that felons will not give up their voting rights and voter registration if they are awaiting trial during an incarceration. Felons can also vote in all state and federal elections if they are in jail for a misdemeanor crime.
How a Felon in Nebraska Can Restore Their Voting Rights
After two years of completing your sentence, you can register just like other Nebraskans. A felon is eligible to vote if –
· He is a US citizen and resides in Nebraska
· He is 18 years of age before the first Monday in November
· He has waited the allotted two years from the time he completed his sentence
· He is found to be mentally competent
You can vote by going to the Election Commissioner’s Office of the County Clerk and completing a registration form. You can also obtain a form online on the Secretary of State’s website. Forms are also available at the public library or one of the state agencies. Mail the form, when completed, to the election commissioner’s office of the county clerk. Obtain more information by clicking on this site.
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