NEBRASKA

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Postmarked by the 3rd Friday before the election, or received in-person by 6 p.m. on the 2nd Friday before the election.
  • General Election Registration Deadline: Postmarked by October 19, 2018. In person by October 26, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Nebraska’s voter registration form asks for your Nebraska driver’s license number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Two classes of Nebraska voters have to show ID before voting: first-time voters who registered by mail or a registration drive whose driver’s license numbers or the last four digits of their Social Security numbers were not verified by the state; and those who did not include a copy of an eligible ID with the mailed or registration drive application. These voters will need to either submit a copy of one of the acceptable IDs in advance, show ID while voting in person, or mail a copy with their absentee ballot. Those voters must present both a current and valid photo identification, and current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document dated within 60 days of the Election Date that shows the voter’s name and address as provided on the registration application.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/VoterView/PollingPlaceSearch.do

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • Any Nebraska registered voter may apply for early voting without an excuse.
  • Contact your local election officials for an Early Voting ballot or access the form online at: http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/pdf/earlyvote_app.pdf
  • All county election offices will accept early voting applications up to 120 days prior to an election. The last day to request a ballot is the 2nd Friday before the Election.
  • Early Voting ballots will be available up to 30 days before Election Day.
  • Early Voting ballots must be delivered in person or by mail by the closing of the polls on Election Day.

Early In-person

  • Beginning 30 days before Election Day, you may apply and vote an early voting ballot in person at your County Election Office. The last day to vote an early voting ballot at the County Election Office is the Monday before Election Day.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Central Time Zone and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Mountain Time Zone on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Nebraska affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • As a full-time student in Nebraska, you may have to make these changes regardless of whether you register to vote in Nebraska. For more information, you may wish to contact the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Nebraska legal professional.

Last updated June 2018