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Nebraska Online Voter Registration

Registration Deadlines – General Election

In-Person registration – register in person at the Election Commission by the second Friday prior to an election (October 23, 2020)
Online registration application – postmarked on or before the third Friday before an election (October 16, 2020)

Absentee Voting by Mail

Absentee Voting by Mail

Last day early-voting application – Oct. 24, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Who may register to vote?

Anyone who meets the following criteria:

  • Will be 18 years of age or older on General Election Day (first Tuesday after the first Monday in November)
  • Is a United States Citizen
  • Is a resident of Nebraska
  • Has not been convicted of a felony or, if convicted it has been at least two years since I completed my sentence for the felony, including any parole term
  • Have not been found mentally incompetent
How do I apply for and vote an early voting ballot?

An Early Voting Request Form is included in this section. Print and complete this form and mail to the Election Commissioner and a ballot will be mailed to you or you may go to the Election Commission and vote at the office. Early voting ballots may not be voted at the Election Commission on Election Day. You must go to the polling place on Election Day or have an agent pick up an early voting ballot as indicated below.

An Overseas/Military FPCA Request Form is available as well.

Early Voting Ballot deadlines

The Election Office may accept applications 120 days before an election.

Registrants may vote an early voting ballot in the election office 30 days prior to a statewide election and 15 days before special elections.

Two Friday’s before the Election is the last day for the Election Office to receive early voting requests to be mailed to a specific address. (32-941)

Agents have until 7:00 p.m. election day to pick up an early voting ballot.

All early voting ballots must be received by the Election Commissioner by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

How do I register to vote?

To register to vote in Nebraska, each applicant must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of the Nebraska county in which they are registering, and at least 18 years old by the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Citizens are eligible to register to vote on January 1 of the year they will turn 18 before the November general election. Individuals who have been convicted of a felony are ineligible to register to vote until two years after the terms of their sentence have been completed, and individuals who have been declared mentally incompetent by a court are ineligible to register to vote.  A voter registration application can be completed in person at the county clerk or election commissioner’s office, the Department of Motor Vehicles, or other state agencies. In-person registration must be completed by the second Friday preceding the election. Applications returned by mail must be postmarked by the third Friday before the election.  Online applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the third Friday before the election.

Is there an early voting period?

Nebraska permits early voting. Learn more by visiting this website.

As of December 2019, 39 states and the District of Columbia permitted early voting. Early voting permits citizens to cast ballots in person at a polling place prior to an election. In states that permit early voting, a voter does not have to provide an excuse for being unable to vote on election day. States that do not permit early voting still permit some or all citizens to vote early by mail—often known as absentee voting. Some states allow no-excuse absentee voting, while others require an excuse. States that allow in-person absentee voting without an excuse are counted among early voting states.

What is meant by Absentee voting?

Absentee voting is voting that does not happen in person on Election Day but instead occurs another way—usually by mail or over the internet. All states allow for some form of absentee balloting. Some states require voters to provide a valid excuse to vote absentee, while others allow any eligible voter to cast an absentee ballot.

Nebraska is a “no-excuse” state, meaning any registered voter may request an early-voting (absentee) ballot, and is not required to provide a reason.

How can I get an early voting ballot?

You can apply for an early-voting ballot by contacting our county election office in person, by mail or by fax. You can print an online early-voting application, complete the form, and then mail or fax it to your county election office. The last day for an early-voting application to be received is 6 p.m. on the second Friday preceding the election.