Early Voting

Criteria

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 to Apply

You can apply for an early-voting ballot by contacting your County Election Office by mail or by fax. You can print an online early-voting application complete the form, and then mail, fax, or scan/take a picture of your application and email 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.  

Time Frame for Voting

All county election offices will accept early-voting applications up to 120 days prior to a statewide primary, general election, or special election. However, regular early-voting ballots are not sent out or voted until at least 35 days before a primary or general election and 15 days prior to all other elections. All early-voting ballots whether delivered in person or carrier to the county drop box or by mail must arrive by the close of the polls on the day of the election. 

When my I apply for an Early Voting ballot?

All county election offices will accept early ballot applications starting 120 days prior to a statewide primary or general election.

The last day to request an early going ballot to be mailed is the close of businesses the second Friday preceding the election. 

35 days before the elections also the first-day ballots are sent to non-military stateside applicants.

Should your ballot not arrive, contact your County Clerk or Election Commissioner.to confirm the date and address the ballots were mailed.

Make arrangements with the county election official to receive a replacement ballot if it is determined your ballot was lost, spoiled, or never received. 

 

Do I need to give the reason why I am voting early when applying for an early-voting ballot?

No, since 1999 Nebraska law has not required a person to disclose a reason for their request, on the Early Voting application

How do I apply for and vote an Early Voting Ballot?

You can apply for an early voting ballot by contacting your County Clerk or Election Commissioner by mail, by fax, or with a scan/picture of your signed application and email it to your county election official. 

How do I apply by mail?

Print the online Early- Voting Ballot Application form. Complete the form; then mail or fax it to your County Clerk or Election Commissioner. You can also scan or take a picture o your signed application and email it to your county election official.

OR

Write to your County Clerk or Election Commissioner 

  • Your name and residence address,
  • Your voting percent, if known,
  • Your phone number,
  • The mailing address you want the ballot sent to, and
  • Your signature

Is there a process to assist military an overseas citizens in obtaining Early Voting Ballots?

Yes, Nebraska participates in the Federal Voting Assistance Program for our military personnel and overseas citizens.

Click here for more information about military ballots

Click here for more information about overseas ballots.

When my I apply for an Early Voting ballot?

All county election offices will accept early ballot applications starting 120 days prior to a statewide primary or general election.

The last day to request an early going ballot to be mailed is the close of businesses the second Friday preceding the election. 

35 days before the elections also the first-day ballots are sent to non-military stateside applicants.

Should your ballot not arrive, contact your County Clerk or Election Commissioner.to confirm the date and address the ballots were mailed.

Make arrangements with the county election official to receive a replacement ballot if it is determined your ballot was lost, spoiled, or never received. 

 

What are the procedures when casting an Early Voting Ballot by mail?

Ballots received via postal service will be accompanied by instructions on how to cast a vote and return envelope.

If assistance is needed marking the ballot a friend or a voter-designated person y provide assistance. 

the voted ballot must be placed int he return envelope. The envelope must be sealed and signed (or mark made) by the voter and if assistance was provided by the person providing assistance.

The return envelope containing the ballots may be mailed back to the County Election Office, returned by personal delivery, an agent, or courier service to the county dropbox. 

 

When must the Early Voting ballot be returned ot the Election Office?

All Early voting ballots, whether personally delivered, delivered by agent, delivered by mail or other carriers must arrive by the closing of the polls on Election Day (8:00 pm Central Time /  7:00 pm Mountain Time). 

How do I track my ballot or kow that my ballot was accepted?

Check the Voter Information Center to track the status of your ballot including when your ballot was sent, returned, and it's status.