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Nebraska Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines
In Person:
May 4, 2018 by 6pm
By Mail:
Postmarked by April 27, 2018
Election Dates:
Tuesday May 15, 2018 (Primary Election)
Secretary of State
State Capitol Suite 2300
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone:
402-471-2555
Fax:
402-471-7834

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in Nebraska, you must be:

  • A United States citizen
  • At least 18 years of age on Election Day
  • A resident of Nebraska on or before registration deadline
  • Not a convicted felon; or if convicted your civil rights have been restored at least two years since your sentence has been completed, including probation or parole
  • Not have been officially found to be mentally incompetent
  • Be registered to vote (this requirement is not in place for the presidential elections)

Note: If you have recently moved to Nebraska, or moved to another state after the registration deadline, then you may only vote a Presidential ballot. By law, your residence is that place at which you have established a home, where you are habitually present, and to which, when you depart, you intend to return. Leaving for temporary purposes, such as military service or school attendance, need not result in a change of residence for voting purposes. However, any permanent change in your residence or address will require you to re-register to vote.

ID Needed for Voter Registration

You do not need to show identification when you register to vote in person.

If you register to vote for the first time in Nebraska by mail, you must provide a copy of a current and valid photo ID, or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document which is dated within 60 days before date of presentation showing your name and address.

ID Needed for Voting?

No identification is required unless you are a first-time voter who registered by mail and did not provide verification with your registration application. Please check with your local election officials to determine what form of ID is needed at the polls.

Registration Deadline

Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!

Mail in registrations must be mailed and postmarked on or before the third Friday before an election. You can register in person at the County Clerk/Election Commissioner's office before 6pm on the second Friday before an election

You can now register to vote online! You will need your driver's license or state ID card in order to fill out the application. Online applications must be submitted on or before the third Friday before the election.

Verify Voter Registration

To verify your voter registration status, please check your state's resource.

Absentee Ballot Process

You can apply for an early voting (formerly known as absentee) ballot by contacting your county clerk in person, by personal agent, by mail or by fax. You can print the early voting application request form from your state's website. To apply for early voting, you should complete the form and then mail or fax it to your county clerk.

You may also send in a hand-written request. You can obtain an early voting ballot by writing to your county clerk or election commissioner with the following information:

  • Your name and residence address
  • Your political party affiliation
  • Your voting precinct (if known)
  • Your phone number
  • The mailing address you want the ballots sent to
  • Your signature

All county election offices will accept early voting applications up to 120 days prior to a statewide election. However, regular early voting ballots are not sent out or voted until 35 days before the election. The last day to request an early voting ballot to be mailed is the Wednesday prior to Election Day at 4:00 pm. All early voting ballots whether personally delivered, delivered by agent or delivered by mail or other carriers must arrive by the closing of the polls on Election Day: 8:00 pm central time and 7:00 pm mountain time.

Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Early Voting

For more infromation on times and locations, contact your county clerk.

Early voting is available from 35 days before the election until the Monday before Election Day. For more information on early voting, please see the section on Absentee Ballot Process.

Election Dates

The next election date is Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (Primary Election). Mail registrations must be postmarked by Friday, April 27, 2018; the in-person registration deadline is Friday, May 4, 2018 at 6pm.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in Nebraska:

  • You must be registered to vote in Nebraska
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Political affiliation generally required
  • You will be entitled to compensation
  • You must be a resident of the precinct
  • You must complete required training
  • Students 16 years or older who meet all other voter requirements may be appointed

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

Polling locations will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm central time and 7:00 am to 7:00 pm mountain time.

Time Off To Vote

Employers must grant employees from one to two hours paid leave to vote, unless polls are open two consecutive hours before or after regular working shift. Employees must request this time prior to Election Day, and the employer may specify when during the working day employees may take time off.

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.

Provisional Voting

Provisional ballots are eligible for verification in correct precinct. You can check the status of your provisional ballot by using your state's resource.

Voting Machines

The voting systems used in Nebraska are optical scan and DRE.

Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the various candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you may bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.

Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.

There are many variations of DREs because lots of companies are inventing new ones, and many cities, counties and states are trying them out. Usually, after you have signed in, the poll workers will give you a card that you slide into a device to start your voting session.

Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen. Often, with these big screen devices you push a button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or yes or no on a ballot measure). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On each screen or page, there will probably be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you might vote for president. Then you might move to the next page to vote for senator. Often these small-screen devices have a touch screen, where you touch the screen next to the name of the person you want to vote for. Other devices have a key pad. And some have a keyboard, so you can write in the name of someone you want to vote for.

You let the system know you are finished voting by pushing a button, touching the screen or entering something on a keypad.

You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC)

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

If you cannot read, are blind or have a physical disability, you may request assistance in marking your ballot. You may have a friend or relative assist you, or you may request the assistance of two election board workers, each from a different party.

For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.


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