Official ballots; write-in space provided;
(1) A blank space shall be provided
at the end of each office division on the ballot for registered voters to
fill in the name of any person for whom they wish to vote and whose name is
not printed upon the ballot, except that at
the primary election there shall be no write-in space for delegates to the
county political party convention or delegates to the national
political party convention. A square or oval shall be printed opposite each
write-in space similar to the square or oval placed opposite other candidates
and issues on the ballot. The square or oval shall be marked to vote for a
write-in candidate whose name appears in the write-in space provided.
(2) The Secretary of State shall approve write-in space for optical-scan
ballots and electronic voting systems. Adequate provision shall be made for
write-in votes sufficient to allow one write-in space for each office to be
elected at any election except offices for which write-in votes are specifically
prohibited. The write-in ballot shall clearly identify the office for which
such write-in vote is cast. The write-in space shall be a part of the official
ballot, may be on the envelope or a separate piece of paper from the printed
portion of the ballot, and shall allow the voter adequate space to fill in
the name of the candidate for whom he or she desires to cast his or her ballot.
Source:Laws 1994, LB 76, § 237; Laws 1997, LB 764, § 79; Laws 2001, LB 252, § 2; Laws 2003, LB 358, § 14; Laws 2010, LB852, § 1.
Where a voter writes in a name on the ballot, he must make a cross or other clear intelligible mark in the square opposite the written name to have the ballot counted. Yeoman v. Houston, 168 Neb. 855, 97 N.W.2d 634 (1959).
Since the nonpartisan judiciary act is silent as to write-in candidates, this section applies and permits the placing of blank lines on the ballots for write-in purposes. State ex rel. Zeilinger v. Thompson, 134 Neb. 739, 279 N.W. 462 (1938).
The voters of the state have an unimpeded right to vote for any candidate for public office as a write-in candidate although such candidate may not be entitled to have his name placed on either the primary ballot or on the general election ballot as a candidate by petition. State ex rel. Nelson v. Marsh, 123 Neb. 423, 243 N.W. 277 (1932).
In the absence of fraud or an unlawful purpose, a ballot with the name of a candidate written in should be counted although the name of the same candidate is also printed on the ballot. Shaw v. Stewart, 115 Neb. 315, 212 N.W. 760 (1927).
This section is general in application and did not supersede the nonpartisan judiciary act. State ex rel. Oleson v. Minor, 105 Neb. 228, 180 N.W. 84 (1920).
A candidate for an office on the nonpolitical ballot may be nominated by having his name written in by a sufficient number of electors at the primary election. State ex rel. Hughes v. Hogeboom, 103 Neb. 603, 173 N.W. 589 (1919).