Nebraska

Upcoming Elections

2022-06-10 – Registration Deadline (Online by)

Online by Fri Jun 10, 2022 5:00PM CDT

2022-06-10 – Registration Deadline (Postmarked by)

Postmarked by Fri Jun 10, 2022

2022-06-10 – Registration Deadline (At DMV and other State Agencies by)

At DMV and other State Agencies by Fri Jun 10, 2022

2022-06-13 – Early Voting Starts

Mon Jun 13, 2022

2022-06-17 – Ballot Request Deadline (Received by)

Received by Fri Jun 17, 2022

2022-06-17 – Registration Deadline (In-Person – Received by)

In-Person, Received by Fri Jun 17, 2022 6:00PM CDT

2022-06-28 – Ballot Return Deadline

Tue Jun 28, 2022

2022-06-28 – Early Voting Ends

Tue Jun 28, 2022

Last updated: March 2022

Voting in Nebraska

When You Can Vote

Election Day

Polls are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Central Time) and 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time). 

Early Voting

Any registered voter may participate in early voting by requesting an early ballot using a form available at http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/pdf/earlyvote_app.pdf.

Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place

Voters can determine their proper polling place by checking the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Polling Place website at https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/VoterView/PollingPlaceSearch.do

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

  • For registration deadlines, see How to Register below.

How to Check Your Registration: Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote at the following link: Am I Registered?.

You are eligible to vote in Nebraska if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Nebraska
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day

You are NOT eligible to vote in Nebraska if:

  • You have been legally declared “mentally incompetent” by a court

Restorative Requirements

  • At least two years have passed since the completion of a felony sentence including any parole term.

You may preregister to vote in Nebraska

  • at 17 years of age and provided you will be 18 by the next general election.

How to register 

  • Nebraska 1st Congressional District Special General Election
    • Apply Online: Online by Fri Jun 10, 2022 5:00PM CDT
    • Submit a Printed Application: Postmarked by Fri Jun 10, 2022
    • In-Person, Received by Fri Jun 17, 2022 6:00PM CDT
    • At DMV and other State Agencies by Fri Jun 10, 2022

Registration Deadlines 

The deadline to register to vote online is 11:59 p.m. Central Time the third Friday before an election.  To register to vote by mail, the registration must be postmarked on or before the third Friday prior to an election. The deadline to register to vote in person is before 6:00 p.m. Central Time on the second Friday prior to an election.  

How to Check Your Registration 

Visit https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility 

To be eligible to vote in Nebraska, you must:

  • Be a United States Citizen; 
  • Be a resident of Nebraska; 
  • Be at least 18 years of age on or before the date of the election; 
    • You can register to vote if you are 17 years old but will be 18 on or before Election Day
  • Not be serving a sentence for a felony conviction and have completed any felony sentence, including parole, at least 2 years prior to the date of the election; and
  • Not have been found mentally incompetent by a court.

There is no duration of residence requirement in Nebraska; you may register to vote the first day you move to the state.  To establish residence, a voter must intend to return to Nebraska whenever he or she leave, and must not claim residency, or the right to vote, in any other state.

How to Register

Eligible voters may register in one of the following ways:

Online

Applicants can apply to register at https://www.nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration/.  Applicants must have a Nebraska driver’s license or state-issued identification card to register online.

By Mail

Complete and sign the voter application form, which is available by:

  • Downloading a mail-in form from http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/pdf/vr.pdf (available in English and Spanish);
  • Picking up a form from your local election office; or
  • Picking up a form from a bank, library, or post office.

In Person

You may register to vote in person in any of the following ways:

  • Completing an application with your local election office;
  • When applying for or renewing your driver’s license or State Identification Card; or
  • Completing an application with another State Office such as the Department of Health and Human Services or the Department of Education.

Identification Required for Registration:

Nebraska requires a valid driver license or other state-issued identification to register to vote online.  No identification card is required to register to vote by mail or in person, however the application must provide proof of residence. 

Acceptable forms of proof of residence include:

  • A current and valid state-issued identification card (including a driver’s license); or
  • A utility bill, bank statement, government check, or other government document dated within 60 days of registration and showing the voter’s current address.
Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Absentee, requests may be made:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
  • By Fax

Absentee Ballots may be returned:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
Nebraska 1st Congressional District Special General Election

Ballot Request:

  • Received by Fri Jun 17, 2022

Ballot Return:

  • Tue Jun 28, 2022

Early Voting:

  • Early Voting from Mon Jun 13, 2022 to Tue Jun 28, 2022

If You Want to Vote Early

Any registered voter may request an early ballot from his or her local election office.  Visit http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/clerks.html to find the appropriate election office.  

Request

Applications must be written and must include the voter’s home address, voting precinct (if known), address where the ballot should be sent, telephone number (if applicable), and signature.  The voter may use the form provided on the Nebraska Secretary of State’s website, available at http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/pdf/earlyvote_app.pdf.  Requests can be made in person or sent by mail, fax, or email to their Election Commissioner or County Clerk.  

Application Deadline

The last day to request an Early Voting ballot to be mailed is 10 days before Election Day.  If a voter mails, emails, or faxes his or her request for an Early Voting ballot must be received by the Election Commissioner or County Clerk by close of business 10 days before Election Day.   

Completed Ballot

The voter may mail or deliver the completed ballot to his or her local election office.  The completed ballot must be received before the polls close (8:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. MT) on Election Day to be counted.  

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Nebraska no longer has absentee voting.  A voter who wishes to vote absentee should request an early ballot. 

Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Nebraska for the first time, you should provide:

  • Valid Nebraska Driver’s License
  • Valid Nebraska issued ID

If you do not have a current and valid photo ID the first time you register to vote in Nebraska, you may provide:

  • Utility Bill, Bank Statement, Government Check, or Paycheck that Shows your current name and address
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address

Documents must be dated within 60 days

Voting In-Person

If you registered to vote in Nebraska, you may be required to present valid ID if you are voting for the first time or your registration is incomplete. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Paycheck that shows your Current Name and Address
  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Utility Bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Government Check
  • Government Issued Document that shows your Current Name and Address

Statements, checks and bills should be dated no earlier than 60 days before Election Day.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Voters do not need to present identification to cast a ballot unless the voter is a first-time voter who did not provide proof of address with his or her mailed registration.  

Acceptable forms of proof of address for first-time voters include current photo identification or any of the following dated within 60 days before presentation:

  • Utility bill; 
  • Bank statement;
  • Government check; 
  • Paycheck; or 
  • Government document.  

Without one of these forms of identification, a voter is only permitted to vote by provisional ballot.

If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving within the Same County

A voter should update his or her voter registration with any change of address.  If the voter has not updated his or her address and has moved to a different address in the same county, he or she may be asked to cast a provisional ballot at the polling place associated with the new address.  The provisional ballot will be counted if the county clerk can verify the information contained in the voter certification.

Moving Between CountiesIf the voter moved to a new county after the close of the registration period, the voter must re-register in the new county by the voter registration deadline to be eligible to vote. 

If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form (“FPCA”). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for early voting by mail, but there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Merchant Marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States.  These individuals are known as UOCAVA voters.

Registering and Requesting an Early Voting Ballot

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an early voting ballot at the same time. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Nebraska page at https://www.fvap.gov/nebraska for more information.  The FPCA form is available at https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca2013.pdf.      

UOCAVA voters may also use the National Voter Registration Form or Nebraska Voter Registration Application to register to vote only. The National Voter Registration Form is available at https://www.eac.gov/voters/register-and-vote-in-your-state.  And the Nebraska Voter Registration application is available at https://sos.nebraska.gov/elections/voter-forms

If you have questions, you can contact the Secretary of State’s Office at (888) 727-0007 or at [email protected].  You can also contact the FVAP at 1-800-438-VOTE or [email protected].

Receiving an Early Voting Ballot

UOCAVA voters may receive their blank early voting ballots by mail, email, or fax.  To request a blank ballot by email or fax, UOCAVA voters must mark the appropriate box on the FPCA and provide an email address or fax number in Box 5.  The local election office will honor the voter’s preference.  UOCAVA voters may also request an early voting ballot by completing the Nebraska Early-Voting Application, which is available at https://sos.nebraska.gov/elections/voter-forms.  Ballots must be returned by mail or delivery to the voter’s local election office before the polls close on Election Day.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by all UOCAVA voters.  UOCAVA voters use the FWAB to write in their votes when they have not received their early voting ballot in time.  If a UOCAVA voter is not registered, the local election office will treat the information submitted in the FWAB transmission envelope as the voter’s registration application.  The FWAB form is available at https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fwab2013.pdf.  FWABs must be returned by mail or delivery to the voter’s local election office before the polls close on Election Day.

If You Have a Felony Conviction

A citizen who has been convicted of a felony cannot vote until 2 years after completing the felony sentence, including any parole.  The voter disqualification will be removed automatically once the sentence is complete.

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