Nebraska Voting Rights Restoration

Misdemeanor convictions in Nebraska

Can prisoners vote in jail? Generally, yes.

You do not lose your right to vote if you are convicted of a misdemeanor in Nebraska. If you are incarcerated for a misdemeanor you should check voter registration status, register to vote if necessary, and request an absentee ballot from office administrators at your complex.

You can vote while awaiting trial for any charge, even if incarcerated, as long as you have not lost your right to vote due to a prior conviction.

Felony conviction in Nebraska

Can felons vote in Nebraska?

If you are convicted of a felony, you lose your right to vote until two years after your sentence is fully served. You can't vote while incarcerated, while on probation, or while on parole, and for two (2) years after you complete your full sentence.

Two (2) years after you complete your sentence, including parole or probation, your right to vote is automatically restored.

On July 18, 2024 law will go into effect no longer requiring a 2-year waiting period following completion of your full sentence in order to regain your right to vote. After this date, you will regain your right to vote once you have completed your full sentence.

Next steps for restoring voting rights in Nebraska

If your sentence is completed, including parole or probation, and two (2) years have passed, you may register to vote and cast a ballot.

In all states, it's a felony to vote if your voting rights are currently revoked. If you are uncertain about your status from the information provided on this page, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for more information.



For help with:

  • Registering to vote
  • Requesting an absentee ballot
  • Requesting a mail-in ballot


For help with finding your Election Official.