How to Register, Vote and Track Your Ballot in Nebraska

Posted on 11/30/22 by Jessica Ravitz, Natalie Missakian

En español | Nebraska is a no-excuse state, meaning any voter can request an absentee ballot without a reason. Nebraskans in November approved a ballot measure requiring photo ID to vote.

The 2022 midterms decided races for the U.S. House, the state legislature, several state high courts and various state executive positions, including governor. The next statewide elections are in 2024, though there will be some local elections in 2023.

  • Absentee voting: Any registered voter can request an early-voting (absentee) ballot, no reason or excuse required.
  • Early in-person voting: This option starts 30 days before a primary or general election and ends the day before Election Day.
  • Voting at the polls: Nebraska will require voters to show a photo ID to cast a ballot in future elections.

Nebraska voters in November 2022 approved a constitutional amendment requiring photo ID to vote; it now goes to lawmakers to decide what type of ID is acceptable.

A redistricting plan changed certain boundaries of some state legislative and U.S. congressional districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot. 

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  • Online: If you have a current, unexpired driver’s license or a state ID card issued by Nebraska, use the state’s online voter registration portal. Register online no later than the third Friday before Election Day.
  • By mail: Print out the voter registration application from the secretary of state’s website or pick one up at any Department of Motor Vehicles office or at most libraries, post offices and state public assistance offices. Mail the completed application to your county election office. First-class postage is required. If you're registering for the first time by mail, you must include a copy of either a current photo ID or a recent utility bill, bank statement or government document showing your name and address. A full list of acceptable forms of ID is in the secretary of state's voter registration guide. Applications must be postmarked no later than the third Friday before the election.
  • In person: Visit your county election office no later than 6 p.m. on the second Friday before the election, or register when renewing or applying for a driver’s license at the DMV. Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education also let you register when filing new applications, renewals, recertifications and changes of address.

You can check and update your registration information by visiting Nebraska's voter information center.


Yes, in partisan elections. When voting in a partisan primary, those affiliated with a political party can only vote using their party’s ballot. However, political parties can decide before each election whether to open their primaries to nonpartisan (unaffiliated) voters. 

Any registered Nebraska voter can request a mail-in or absentee ballot; no reason is required.

The early-voting ballot application can be downloaded online, picked up at your county election office or requested through the office by mail, fax, email or phone.

You can mail, email, fax or drop off your early-voting ballot application to your county election office. It must be received by 6 p.m. on the second Friday before the election. More information about the early-voting ballot process is on the secretary of state’s website.

To cast your completed absentee or early-voting ballot, it must be returned to your county election office by the close of polls on Election Day. You or anyone acting on your behalf as an “agent” can mail the ballot, bring it into your county election office or place it in a secure drop box at your county election office or another location, if applicable. Drop boxes should be available 24/7 up until the close of the polls on election night, but check with your county election office to confirm availability. Use the Nebraska Drop Box Locator to find a drop box near you.

Yes. Nebraska maintains an online voter portal that allows voters to track their absentee ballots.

Yes, at your county election office starting 30 days before a primary or general election and ending the day before Election Day. Hours may vary by location.

Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. MT. You must vote at your designated polling place, which can be found via the state's online voter information center or by contacting your county election office.

If you live in a county that does all-mail voting, meaning there are no polling places, you should be able to cast a ballot in person at your county election office.

Yes, for upcoming elections. Now that voters have passed a constitutional amendment requiring all voters to show a photo ID, lawmakers must decide what kinds of identification will be accepted. Visit the secretary of state’s website for more information when it becomes available.

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Nov. 30, 2022, with information about how to vote in Nebraska. The guide was first published on Aug. 3, 2020.

This story is provided by AARP Nebraska. Visit the AARP Nebraska page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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