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Last updated: March 2022

Voting in Nebraska

When You Can Vote

The polls are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central Time or 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time on Election Day, depending on the region.

Where You Can Vote

Voters can look up their polling place at https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/voterview.

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:

  • A judge has specifically ruled that you are not able to vote.
  • You are in prison or jail for a felony conviction

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 

Voters can register online by visiting Nebraska’s registration portal if they have a Nebraska driver’s license or identity card. (https://www.nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration). Voters can also register in person, or by mail with other kinds of ID.

To register, voters must be residents of Nebraska and of the county where they are registering. Voters moving to another county must re-register.

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 uses the term Early Voting to apply to Absentee voting as well.  Registered voters can vote early in-person at their county election office for a period prior to an election (30 days prior to a primary or general election and 15 days for all other elections). The day before the election is the last day to vote early in person. 

Voters may request an early ballot starting 120 days before the election using the form provided on the Secretary of State’s website, available at http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/pdf/earlyvote_app.pdf.  

Voters can email, mail, or fax the request form to their Election Commissioner or County Clerk. Early ballots should be returned by close of polls on election day to the County Election Office by mail or in person to the election office or a drop box. 

Track early ballots at: Ballot Track

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.

Nebraska does not require photo ID. No ID is required on Election Day, unless the voter registered by mail and did not previously provide the required proof of residence (copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that is current and shows the voter’s name and residence address). 

Voters who did not provide that proof during registration must present a Nebraska driver’s license, a state-issued identification card, or a form of address verification (copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that is current and shows the voter’s name and residence address).

In addition, there are a few situations where an applicant who registers by mail does not need to present valid identification even if they are a first-time Nebraska voter:

  • The individual has provided their Nebraska driver’s license number or the last four digits of their social security number and the election commissioner or county clerk verifies the number against a record available from the Department of Motor Vehicles;
  • The individual is a member of the U.S. armed forces or Merchant Marine who by reason of active duty is absent from their place of residence where the member is otherwise eligible to vote;
  • The individual is a spouse or dependent of a member of the U.S. armed forces or Merchant Marine who is absent from their place of residence due to the service of that member;
  • The individual resides outside the United States and but for such residence would be qualified to vote in Nebraska if Nebraska was the last place in which the person was domiciled before leaving the United States;
  • The individual is elderly or handicapped and has requested to vote by alternative means other than by casting a ballot at their polling place on Election Day.
If You Have Moved Within Your State
  • Voters who have moved within the same precinct and county should go to that polling place and complete a change of address form. The voter will be able to cast a provisional ballot and may be able to cast a regular ballot based on local county rules.
  • Voters who have moved to a different precinct but within the same county should go to the polling place that corresponds with the new address and complete a registration application. The voter will be able to cast a provisional ballot.
  • Voters who have moved counties after the close of the registration period (the third Friday before an election) are only 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

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

An individual living abroad or serving in the military can register via the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), the National Voter Registration Form, or the Nebraska Voter Registration Application. The Nebraska Secretary of State encourages voters to include their email address on the FPCA if they use that form. 

In order to vote by mail, they must fill out the FPCA or Nebraska Early-Voting Application to request an early voting ballot. 
If a voter receives their ballot and does not think that it will arrive at the county election office by the deadline, they should contact their county election office to make other arrangements. Nebraska also allows voters to use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for registration and voting in all federal, state and local elections. Feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the Nebraska ballot will be counted.

If You Have a Felony Conviction

Misdemeanor convictions do not affect a Nebraskan’s voting rights. However, a Nebraskan convicted of a state or federal felony, temporarily loses citizenship rights including the right to vote. Voting rights are restored two full years after completing all of the terms of the sentence (including incarceration without parole, incarceration with parole, probation or any combination of sentences). After voting rights are restored, the voter must submit a new voter registration application.

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