Voting Guide

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 (postmarked by mail, online by 5 p.m., or in person at state agency)

  • October 23 by 6 p.m. (in person at county election office)

  • General Election: November 3

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.

If you register to vote online, you will need your driver’s license or state ID number. Nebraska’s paper 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.

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 number or the last four digits of their Social Security number 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 an acceptable ID in advance, show ID while voting in person, or mail a copy of the ID 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.

Make a plan. Check your absentee ballot status, and look up your voting site and hours at: www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/VoterView/PollingPlaceSearch.do


  • All registered Nebraska voters will be mailed an absentee ballot application

  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you: October 23

  • Early voting in person begins: October 5

  • Early voting in person ends: November 2

By Mail

  • Any Nebraska registered voter may vote by mail without an excuse

  • Contact your local election officials to request an absentee ballot or access the form online at: http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/pdf/earlyvote_app.pdf

  • The last day to request a ballot is the 2nd Friday before the election

  • Completed absentee ballots must be delivered by the closing of the polls on Election Day

Early In-person

  • You can vote early in person at your county’s election office for the 30 days before a primary or general election and 15 days prior to any other kind of election

  • Voters who wish to vote early must submit an early voting application. The application is available at: https://sos.nebraska.gov/sites/sos.nebraska.gov/files/doc/elections/earlyvote_app_fill.pdf.

  • 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 have a right to vote.

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.

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 North Carolina legal professional.
Last updated March 2019