Nebraska | Voting Guide


Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

Voter Registration Deadline: The 3rd Friday before the election, if you are registering by mail, online, or at a state agency, or by 6 p.m. on the 2nd Friday before the election, if you are registering in person at a County Election Office.



  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: April 24 (by mail, online, or in person at state agency); May 1 (in person at County Election Office).

  • Primary Election: May 12 (Tentative)

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 16 (by mail, online, or in person at state agency); October 23 (in person at County Election Office).

  • General Election: November 3

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.

If you are a first-time registrant in Nebraska and registering to vote by mail, you may also include a copy of a current and valid photo ID, or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document which is dated within 60 days immediately prior to the date of presentation showing the same name and residence address provided on the voter registration application to avoid delays with your registration. By including this documentation with your registration application, you will not be required to show ID when you vote.

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 or

  • first-time voters who did not include a copy of a valid ID with their 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. Acceptable IDs include a current and valid photo identification, 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:

How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • Any Nebraska registered voter may apply for early voting without an excuse.

  • Contact your local election officials to request an early voting ballot or access the form online at:

  • 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.

  • Completed early voting ballots must be delivered by the closing of the polls on Election Day. The last day to cast an Early Voting ballot at a 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 must 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 to be 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 October 2019

Campus Vote Project is a project of Fair Elections Center

(202) 331-0114  

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