Nebraska Voter Registration Information

State

VOTER REGISTRATION

Registration Deadline: In person registration at the County Election Office must take place prior to 6 p.m. on the second Friday preceding the election in which you wish to vote.
  Applications mailed to the Election Office must be mailed and postmarked on or before the 3rd Friday preceding the election in which you wish to vote.
  Applications delivered by a personal agent or messenger must arrive at the Election Office on or before the 3rd Friday preceding the election in which you wish to vote.

Party Affiliation: If you wish to vote in the primary election, where parties choose their nominees for state and county offices, you need to declare your party affiliation when you register. Non-partisans may designate a party preference at primary elections and receive partisan ballots for the Senate and House congressional races.


VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS

Age: Must be 18 years of age on or before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of the current calendar year.

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must live in the State of Nebraska. You may register to vote the same day you become a resident of the state of Nebraska.

Mental Competency: Must not have been officially found to be mentally incompetent

Felony Convictions: Have not been convicted of a felony or, if convicted, it has been at least two years since completion of the sentence for the felony, including any parole term.

ID Requirements: If registering for the first time in Nebraska by mail, please provide
   -a copy of a current and valid photo ID; or
   -a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document which is dated 60 days immediately prior to the date of presentation showing the same and residence address.


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM

Online: Nebraska voter registration application in English or Spanish

In person:Nebraska Voter Registration Application is available at:
   -County Election Office
   -Department of Motor Vehicles
   -Public assistance agencies
   -Banks
   -Post offices
   -Libraries
   -Department of Health and Human Services
   -State Department of Education.
  You may also download a registration form and submit it in person or by personal delivery.

By mail/ in writing:You may download a form or pick up one from the above locations and mail it to your County Clerk.

By fax: Contact your County Clerk for faxing options.


VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS

Online: Nebraska Voter registration verification

Phone: Contact county election office


ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS

Who can vote absentee:
Any voter may vote absentee without further qualifications.


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Online: Nebraska absentee ballot application

In person: You may apply for an early voting ballot by contacting your County Clerk or Election Commissioner in person at the election office

By mail:Print the on-line early voting application request form, complete the form, then mail or fax it to your County Clerk or Election Commissioner. You may also send in a handwritten request. You can obtain an early voting ballot by writing to your county clerk or election commissioner with the following information:
   -Your name and residence address
   -Your political party affiliation
   -Your voting precinct(if known)
   -Your phone number
   -The mailing address you want ballots sent to
   -Your signature.

Military and overseas voting: Nebraska Military and Overseas information and ballot applications

Emergency Voting: Nebraska has no emergency voting procedures in place. However, a voter may register for early voting until the Wednesday before the election by 4 p.m.


SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Location and time: All early voting ballots, whether personally delivered, delivered by agent, delivered by mail or other carriers must arrive by the closing of the polls on Election Day (8:00 p.m. Central Time/7:00 p.m. Mountain Time).


EARLY VOTING

Early voting qualifications: Nebraska law allows all registered voters to complete an Early Voting Application permitting the voter to cast their ballot at the county office 30 days prior to statewide elections or 15 days prior to a special election. The voters may have their ballots sent to them at their permanent address or to a temporary address such as: a college dorm, military base, or medical facility. Early voting applications are available by calling or stopping in the County Election Office. Early voting applications are also available online that can be mailed or faxed to the County Election Office.


QUALIFICATIONS

Verifying Registration: Nebraska voter registration verification

Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/

Time off to vote: Employees who do not have two consecutive hours when not required to be at work during polling hours are entitled to up to 2 paid hours leave to vote. Pay cannot be deducted if the employee gives notice in advance of Election Day. The employer can set the time for leave to vote.

Polling Place: Nebraska polling place finder

ID Requirements: The only time voters are asked for their ID is if they were a first time Nebraska registrant who mailed in their registration application and didn't provide ID at that time.

How to Vote: Nebraska voter outreach informational pamphlet
- Optical scan
- hybrid system

Getting your vote counted: Nebraska's Voter Rights

Problems with voting: HAVA/Nebraska Elections Administrative Complaint Form. See more information on HAVA in Nebraska.

Verifying provisional ballot status: Nebraska provisional ballot verification

Verifying absentee ballot status: Early/Absentee ballot verification