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Nebraska Voting Quick Facts

Who Can Register to vote in Nebraska

To qualify to register you must:

  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Be at least 18 years of age on or before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November;
  • Live in the State of Nebraska;
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, or if convicted, at least two years have passed since the completion of your sentence for the felony including any parole term;
  • Have not been officially found to be mentally incompetent.

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How Do I Register To Vote in Nebraska

Voting At The Polls On Election Day


Do I need a voting card or my ID in order to vote?

  • No, the card is for information only and does not need to be presented to election officials in order to vote. 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.

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Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Nebraska

Both Democrats and Republicans hold Closed Primaries

Partisan primaries are generally closed.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. In Nebraska, the Top-Two type of primary is used only for the state's nonpartisan legislature and for some statewide races.

Must I designate a party affiliation?

If you register without a political party affiliation, you will receive only the non-partisan ballots at a primary election. Non-partisans may designate a party preference at primary elections and receive partisan ballots for the Senate and House congressional races.

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Who Can Vote Absentee in Nebraska

Who may apply for an Early Voting ballot?

  • Anyone may apply for an Early Voting ballot, such as:
  • Persons not able to go to the polls due to their work or vacation schedule, or
  • Persons not able to go to the polls due to a medical condition or hospitalization, or
  • Persons temporarily out of the county, state or country
  • Persons not wishing to travel to the polls
  • Persons not wishing to leave their homes

When must the Early Voting ballot be returned to the Election Office?

  • 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.)

Military and overseas citizens

  • Nebraska participates in the Federal Voting Assistance Program for our military personnel and overseas citizens

For assistance with overseas ballots, click here

Learn more about Early Voting in Nebraska (Formerly Absentee Voting)

What If My Address Has Changed

How is residence determined?

  • By law, your residence is that place at which you have established a home, where you are habitually present, and to which, when you depart, you intend to return.
  • Leaving for temporary purposes, such as military service, school attendance, hospital stays, or missions work need not result in a change of residence for voting purposes.
  • However, any permanent change in your residence or address will require you to re-register to vote.

Student Voters

  • You can register in the county you are attending college if that is the place in which you intend to establish a home and be habitually present. Leaving for temporary purposes, such as college attendance, need not result in a change of residence for voting purposes. If you are a Nebraska resident, you can register with the election office in your home county even if that is in a different county than the one you attend college. Likewise, if you live in a state outside Nebraska, you can vote in your home state. Declaring your residency in Nebraska does not change your residency for tuition purposes.

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Poll Hours: 8:00 AM-8:00 PM

At all elections in the area of this state lying within the Mountain Standard or Mountain Daylight time zone, the polls shall open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. of the same day, and in the area lying within the Central Standard or Central Daylight time zone, the polls shall open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. of the same day.

If at the hour of closing there are any persons desiring to vote who are in the polling place or in a line at the polling place and who have not been able to vote since appearing at the polling place, the polls shall be kept open reasonably long enough after the hour for closing to allow those present at that hour to vote. No person arriving after the hour when the polls have officially closed shall be entitled to vote.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use to Locate Your Polling Place. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Nebraska does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

Any registered voter who does not have two consecutive hours in the period between the time of the opening and closing of the polls during which he or she is not required to be present at work for an employer shall be entitled on election day to be absent from employment for such a period of time as will in addition to his or her nonworking time total two consecutive hours between the time of the opening and closing of the polls. If the registered voter applies for such leave of absence prior to or on election day, the registered voter shall not be liable for any penalty and no deduction shall be made from his or her salary or wages on account of such absence. The employer may specify the hours during which the employee may be absent.

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