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