Voting in Nebraska
Voting in 2014 Primaries
Ballot access for major and minor party candidates
Absentee voting • Early voting
Open Primary • Closed Primary • Blanket Primary
Online voter registration in the 50 states
To vote in Nebraska, you must meet the following requirements:
- 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:
- 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).
As of August 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.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
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 while congressional primary elections are closed.
- See also: Absentee voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Nebraska. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
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.
Military and overseas voting
For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
- 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. 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.
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "A Guide for Registering to Vote and Voting in Nebraska," accessed June 10, 2014
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Voter Information Frequently Asked Questions," accessed June 10, 2014
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Voter Information Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
- National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Voter Information Frequently Asked Questions," accessed December 16, 2013
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