Voting in Nebraska

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This page has information relating to voting in Nebraska. For full information contact your state election agency.

Registration

Nebraska uses a closed primary system, meaning voters must register with a party to be able to vote in their primary election.

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.

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.

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 3rd Friday preceding the election (18 days prior).

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of April 2014, Nebraska is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.

Voting on election day

Voters do not need to present identification in order to vote. Voters are asked for their ID if they are first time Nebraska registrants who mailed in their registration application and did not provide an ID at that time.[2]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Nebraska, all polling locations will be 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.[3] Nebraska is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.

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.[4]

Deadlines

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

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Nebraska is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Thirty days before Election Day is the first day early voting ballots are available to vote at a county office. Ballot are sent to non-military stateside applicants 35 days before the election.[5] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

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