Voting in Nebraska
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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 February 2015, Nebraska is one of 30 states that have not implemented full 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 p.m (CST). A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by 8 p.m. (CST) on Election Day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- See also: Early voting
Nebraska is one of 33 states (plus the District of Columbia) that permit some form of early voting.
- 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