How to Vote in Nebraska's 2022 Elections

Posted on 06/29/22 by Jessica Ravitz

En español | Nebraska’s Nov. 8 general election will decide races for U.S. House, the state legislature, several state high courts and various state executive positions, including governor. A special election for the 1st Congressional District was held on June 28 to fill the seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, who resigned following his conviction by a federal jury. Voters elected Mike Flood to serve the remainder of Fortenberry’s term on June 28, but during the Nov. 8 general election they will elect who represents the 1st District in Congress beginning in January. The state’s primary was held on May 10.

Essential info:

  • Absentee voting: Any registered voter can request an early-voting (absentee) ballot, no reason or excuse required.
  • Early in-person voting: The option to vote early and in person begins Oct. 11 and ends the day before the election.
  • In-person voting on Election Day: The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Central time zone and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Mountain time zone.

What's new this year?

A new redistricting plan has 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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What races are on the ballot and who's running?

  • U.S. House: All three seats
    • 1st District: incumbent Mike Flood (R), Patty Pansing Brooks (D)
    • 2nd District: incumbent Don Bacon (R), Tony Vargas (D)
    • 3rd District: incumbent Adrian Smith (R), David Else (D)
  • Governor: Carol Blood (D), Jim Pillen (R), Scott Zimmerman (L)
  • State legislature: 24 of 49 seats

How do I register to vote?

  • In person: Visit your county elections office 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.

If you visit your county elections office, you can register in person up until 6 p.m. on Oct. 28. If you register when applying for or renewing your driver’s license at the DMV, the deadline to submit your registration form is Oct. 21.

Dates and deadlines for other methods of registration are on the state’s official election calendar for 2022.

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

How can I get an early-voting (absentee) ballot? Are there important deadlines?

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 elections office or requested through your county elections office by mail, fax, email or phone.

If you don’t have access to a formal application, you can create your own application by providing your name, residence address, voting precinct (if known), phone number, mailing address and signature.

You can mail, email, fax or drop off your early-voting ballot application to your county elections office; it must be received by 6 p.m. on Oct. 28. More information about the early-voting ballot process is on the secretary of state’s website.

To cast your absentee or early vote, your completed ballot must be returned to your county elections office by 8 p.m. CT or 7 p.m. MT on Election Day, Nov. 8. You or anyone acting on your behalf as an “agent” can either mail the ballot, bring it into your county elections office or place it in a secure drop box at your county elections office or at another location, if applicable. Drop boxes should be available 24/7 up until the close of the polls on election night, but you should check with your county elections office to confirm drop box locations and availability.

Can I track my early-voting (absentee) ballot?

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

Can I vote in person before Election Day?

Yes, you can vote in person at your county elections office starting Oct. 11. Early voting should be available during normal business hours and run through the day before Election Day. But check with your county elections office, as hours may vary by location.

When is Election Day? When are polls open?

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Central time zone and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Mountain time zone. 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 elections office.

Do I need identification to vote?

No identification is required, with the exception of first-time registered voters who mailed in their registration and did not include a copy of their ID or address verification.

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on June 29, 2022, after the special election and with information about the general election. The guide was first published on Aug. 3, 2020.

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