Guide to Voting
1. Voter registration
Deadline to Register/update:
ONLINE: submitted by October 16 5pm
BY MAIL: postmarked by October 16
Link to Application: https://www.nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration/
2. Check Your registration
Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.
Check Here: https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/voterview
- Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
- Correct Address
- Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
- Correct Date of Birth
- Correct Political Party preference
3. Order your mail ballot
Deadline for advance mail ballot application: Must be received by October 23, 2020 noon
We recommend requesting your advance mail ballot as soon as possible and well in advance of this deadline in order to ensure that you receive your ballot in time.
Request Mail-In Ballot Here: https://sos.nebraska.
A voter with an absentee ballot should be allowed to drop the ballot off on Election Day at any polling place in the country.
– Late registrants must drop their absentee ballots off at the election office.
An absentee ballot dropped off at a polling place other than the one in which the elector appears on the register must be:
– Delivered to the election office for signature verification and tabulation if tabulation of absentee ballots is done at a central location.
– Delivered to the election office for signature verification and then to the correct precinct if all counting is done at the precinct location.
Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot:
Received by october 23
Voters are encouraged to apply for a mail ballot as soon as possible to ensure they receive their ballot in time to mail it back in time to be received by Election Day.
Request Mail In Ballot Here: https://sos.nebraska.gov/elections/early-voting-0
- Print out the early voting ballot application. Complete the form and then mail or fax it back to your County Clerk or Election Commissioner. You can also scan or take a picture of your signed application and email it to your county election official.
Election Officials Contact Information:
Nebraska does not have the Surrender Rule. If you are signed up to early vote in Nebraska and show up to vote in-person on election day, you will be forced to vote with a provisional ballot. No exceptions.
Nebraska voters should be instructed to locate and fill out their absentee ballots. If they cannot locate it, they should request a replacement ballot to ensure they are not forced to vote with a provisional ballot in-person at the polling location.
A registered voter should be offered a provisional ballot only when:
- The voter did not provide proof of residence or identification after registering by mail and does not provide identification to vote;
- The voter moved to a new residence within the same county and did not re-register;
- The voter’s name does not appear on the voter rolls due to error; or
- The voter’s name appears with the notation that they have received an early voting ballot.
“Nebraska uses early voting instead of absentee voting. A voter whose name appears on the precinct list with a notation that the voter received an early voting ballot can vote in person only by provisional ballot.”
4. Early voting information
- Early in-person voting is available at your local county election office for a period prior to an election (30 days prior to a primary or general election and 15 days for all other elections). The day before the election is the last day to vote early in person.
- Early voting occurs at the office of the election commissioner or county clerk.
- Voters must apply to have an early voting ballot mailed to them. Applications must be physically signed. You can take a picture or scan your request and email it to your county election official. You can also mail or fax your application to your county election office. The form is available online here: https://sos.nebraska.gov/elections/voter-forms
For more information regarding federal, state and local elections contact your state election official online: https://sos.nebraska.gov/elections/early-voting-0 or call Nebraska Secretary of State, Robert Evnen 402.471.2554
5. Be a poll worker
- Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Poll workers must be 16 years old or over, and a registered voter (if 18 or older) in their county