Election Day FAQ

Where do I vote?

Each voter must cast his/her ballot at his/her assigned polling place.  If you do not know the location of your polling place, contact your county clerk/election commissioner, or check Voterview.

Whenever you register or re-register to vote, your county clerk/election commissioner will inform you of your polling place location. Your voting card informs you not only of your polling place, but also your voting districts.

What time will the polls open?

The polls are 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.

Do I need a voting card or my ID in order to vote?

No, the card is for information only and does not need to be presented to election officials in order to vote.

The only time voters are asked for their ID (or a form of address verification) is if they were a first time Nebraska registrant who mailed in their registration application and didn’t provide ID or a form of address verification (copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that is current and shows your name and residence address) at that time.

Am I able to vote if I did not re-register?

Registered voters who moved from one residence to another in the same county, or who changed their name and remained in the same county will be allowed to vote at the polling place designated for their new residence.

These voters may be asked to cast a Provisional Ballot upon completing a certification and new registration form. 

Persons casting Provisional Ballots may check to see if their ballot was counted starting the second Wednesday after the election by visiting Votercheck or calling toll free 1-888-727-0007. Provisional Ballots are counted only if the information the voter provided on their certification forms was verified.

Persons moving from one county in Nebraska to another county in Nebraska must re-register in their new county in order to be eligible to vote. 

How does a person vote?

Registered voters go to their assigned polling place where there will be three or more poll workers at a table checking voters in. Voters will be asked for their name and the residence address where they are living.  In primary elections, voters will also be asked to name their party. Upon verifying the information, the election workers will provide the voter with ballots assigned to persons living in their district and instructions on how to cast a ballot.

In Nebraska all counties use optical scan ballots; so voters are instructed to darken the oval completely, not to erase or cross out and return to the table if they have spoiled their ballot and need a new one.  Ballots are tabulated at the precinct level using M100’s in 1/3 of our counties and centrally counted in larger counties using a M650 that can count over 300 ballots a minute.

Can voters receive assistance in voting?

Voters who cannot read, are blind or have a physical disability may request assistance in marking their ballots. The voter may have a friend or relative assist them or the voter may request the assistance of two election board workers one each of a different party.

In addition, a ballot marking device is available to assist voters at every polling place allows the voter to have all contests and candidates read to them.  Or the voter can choose to enlarge the print making it easier to view.  In addition it provides a touch screen voters may use if desired which will then electronically darken the ovals left of the choices the voter has designated on the paper ballot that was issued to them by the Receiving Board.

Can I campaign at my polling place?

No one may campaign, hand out political literature, or circulate petitions within 200 feet of a polling place. Bringing buttons, hats, pencils, pens, shirts, signs, or stickers containing a candidate's name, likeness, logo, symbol or a ballot measure's number, title, subject matter, logo, or symbol into the polling place on Election Day is against the law.

Persons may call the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office Election Division
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (888) 727-0007 (toll free)
or (402) 471-2555 to report problems

How do I become an election worker?

Contact your county election official's office to learn more about working elections.

Become an Election Worker