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Nebraska allows no-excuse early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. Nebraska voters are not required to show identification at the polls.

For full information about voting in Nebraska, contact your state election agency.

Registration

To vote in Nebraska, you must meet the following requirements:[1]

  • You must be a citizen of the United States.
  • You must be 18 years of age
  • You must have a valid voter registration record on file with the County Clerk or Election Commissioner in the county of your residence.[2]

When and where

A voter registration application can be filled out in the following locations:[1]

  • your County Election Office,
  • online at www.sos.ne.gov,
  • where you renew your driver’s license,
  • at public assistance agencies.[2]

Registration forms returned in person must be received by the second Friday preceding the election. Applications returned by mail must be mailed and postmarked by the third Friday preceding the election (18 days prior).

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of March 2015, Nebraska is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration. A law was enacted in 2014 to allow for online voter registration, but it had not been implemented as of January 2015.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

Voters do not need to present identification in order to vote. A voter may be asked for identification if he or she is a first-time registrant who mailed in his or her registration application and did not provide identification at that time.[3]

In early 2015, Senator Tyson Larson introduced LB111 in the Nebraska State Legislature. The bill proposed requiring voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls. The legislation also "[provided] for acquisition of a state card at no cost for voters who may not have a photo ID." Larson argued that the requirement was necessary in order to "protect the integrity and reliability of the electoral process."[4]

On February 17, 2015, opponents in the legislature began a filibuster. Senator Adam Morfeld said the legislation "[imposed] on a fundamental constitutional right [to solve] a nonexistent problem." Senator Ernie Chambers, meanwhile, called the bill "treacherous, disingenuous and racist." Other opponents of the legislation argued that providing free identification to voters who lack it could have cost the state upwards of $1 million.[4]

On February 18, 2015, state legislators voted to move the bill to the bottom of the legislative agenda, effectively eliminating any chance of passage in the 2015 legislative session. Larson said he would consider introducing a similar bill in a later session. Larson said, "The new members of the Legislature, nobody quite knew where they were going to be, and they showed where they were and that's part of dealing with a new body."[5]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Nebraska, all polling locations 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.[6] Nebraska is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.

Primary voting

Nebraska is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. A blanket primary system is used for the nonpartisan legislature and some other statewide races. Congressional primary elections are closed.[7]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting

Eligibility

All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Nebraska. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[8]

Deadlines

The last day to request an absentee ballot to be mailed is the Wednesday prior to Election Day at 4 p.m (CST). A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by 8 p.m. (CST) on Election Day.[8]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Nebraska is one of 33 states (plus the District of Columbia) that permit some form of early voting.

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See also

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