Nebraska

Upcoming Elections

Oct. 18, 2020 – Voter Registration Deadline – Online and Mail-In

For more information, visit the Nebraska General Voter Information website.

Oct. 23, 2020 – Voter Registration Online – In-Person

For more information, visit the Nebraska General Voter Information website.

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 this form.  For the 2020 General Election, the last day to request an Early Voting ballot is  October 23, 2020. Please note, because of COVID-19 Nebraska is sending all registered voters a form to request their Early Voting ballot for the 2020 election.

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

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines 

The deadline to register to vote online is 5:00 p.m. Central Time the third Friday before an election, which is October 16 for the 2020 General Election.  To register to vote by mail, the registration must be postmarked on or before the third Friday prior to an election, which is October 16 for the 2020 General 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, which is October 26 for the 2020 General Election.  

How to Check Your Registration 

Visit Nebraska’s Voter Lookup website 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; 
  • 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 leaves, 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 here.  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 here (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 Early

Any registered voter may request an early ballot from his or her local election office.  Visit here 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 here. 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 is Friday, October 23, 2020.

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

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 registration:

  • 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 Counties

If the voter moved to a new county after the close of the registration period, they will still be entitled to vote for president and vice-president during a general election. Otherwise, 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

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 Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an early ballot at the same time.  The deadline to register by mail is October 16, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. The deadline to register by email or fax is October 23, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. The deadline for requesting a ballot is October 23, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Nebraska page here for more information.  The FPCA form is available at here.      

 

If you have questions, you can contact the Secretary of State’s Office at (888) 727-0007 or at sos.elect@nebraska.gov.  You can also contact the FVAP at 1-800-438-VOTE or vote@fvap.gov.

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters may receive their blank absentee 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.  Ballots must be returned by mail or delivery to the voter’s local election office before the polls close on Election Day, November 3, 2020.

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 here.  FWABs must be returned by mail or delivery to the voter’s local election office before the polls close on Election Day, November 3, 2020.

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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