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How to vote in Nebraska

Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Nebraska allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. Nebraska offers early voting.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before election day in Nebraska. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

To register in Nebraska you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Nebraska and of the county where you are registering; if you move to another county, you must re-register
  • be at least 18 years of age or will be 18 years of age on or before the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November
  • not have been convicted of a felony, either in Nebraska or another state or in federal court; you cannot register to vote until two years after the completion of your sentence including any probation or parole term
  • not have been officially found to be mentally incompetent
  • *find more information on voting rights restoration here

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in Nebraska can look up where to vote on Nebraska's site.

Vote early

Nebraska voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Monday, October 5, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

Exception: The deadline to return a voter registration form with an early voting ballot in person is Election Day.

What to bring

  • If you've voted in Nebraska before, you do not have to show ID to vote.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registered to vote by mail, and didn't include a copy of your ID when you registered, you'll need to show ID to vote. Acceptable forms include: any current photo ID; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.

Exception: The deadline to return a voter registration form with an early voting ballot in person is Election Day.

Vote by mail

  1. Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Friday, October 23, 2020.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting the Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Election Day registration

Nebraska does not offer registration on Election Day.

Exception: The deadline to return a voter registration form with an early voting ballot in person is Election Day.

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Following are recommended return dates to make sure your ballot arrives at your election office on time:35 days before election - On a ship at sea: September 28, 202030 days before election - Outside of the US: October 2, 202011 days before the election - Stateside: October 23, 2020
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Nebraska. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE or email vote@fvap.gov

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Nebraska's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
  • The deadline to register online to vote is Friday, October 16, 2020.
  • The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Friday, October 16, 2020.
  • The deadline to register in person to vote is Friday, October 23, 2020.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Friday, October 23, 2020.
  • The early voting period runs from Monday, October 5, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • Exception: The deadline to return a voter registration form with an early voting ballot in person is Election Day.

Election contact information for Nebraska

Address:
Secretary of State
1221 N Street, Suite 103
Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone Number:
(402) 471-2555

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