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 redistricting plan has changed certain boundaries of some state legislative and U.S. congressional districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.
Registration applications submitted online must be sent by Friday, Oct. 21. The deadline to postmark a mailed application is also Oct. 21. If you register when applying for or renewing your driver’s license at the DMV, or at a state agency, that deadline, too, is Oct. 21. But if you visit your county election office, you can register in person up until 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28.
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 election office or requested through your county election 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 Friday, Oct. 28. 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 8 p.m. CT or 7 p.m. MT on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. 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 drop box locations and availability.
Yes. Nebraska maintains an online voter portal that allows voters to track their absentee ballots.
You should be able to during normal business hours at your county election office from Tuesday, Oct. 11, to Monday, Nov. 7. But check with your county election 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. 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.
Not unless you’re a first-time voter who registered by mail and did not include a copy of your ID or address verification.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on July 29, 2022, with information about the general election. The guide was first published on Aug. 3, 2020.
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