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How to Vote in Nebraska's 2022 Elections

En español | Nebraska’s May 10 primaries will determine which candidates appear on November’s general election ballot for U.S. House, the state legislature, various state executive positions, including governor, and several state high courts.

  • Any registered voter can request a mail-in ballot, no reason or excuse required.
  • Early in-person voting begins 30 days before the primary and the general election and ends the day before the election.
  • The state’s primary is Tuesday, May 10; the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls for both will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Central time zone and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Mountain time zone.


How do I register to vote?

  • In person: Visit your county elections office or register when renewing or applying for a driver’s license at the DMV. Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education also let you register when filing new applications, renewals, recertifications and changes of address.
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If you visit your county elections office, you can register in person up until 6 p.m. on May 2 for the primary and until 6 p.m. on Oct. 28 for the general election. If you register when applying for or renewing your driver’s license at the DMV, the deadline to submit your registration form is April 22 for the primary and Oct. 21 for the general election.

Dates and deadlines for other methods of registration are on the state’s official election calendar for 2022.

You can check and update your registration information by visiting Nebraska's voter information center.

Does my party affiliation matter when I vote?

It does in a partisan primary election. Four political parties are currently recognized in Nebraska: Democratic, Republican, Libertarian and Legal Marijuana Now. A voter can register to be affiliated with a political party or as a nonpartisan.

When voting in a partisan primary, those affiliated with a political party can only vote using their party’s ballot. The unaffiliated may use a nonpartisan ballot to vote in nonpartisan races (the state legislature or state board of education, for example). Depending on which political parties open their primary ballots to nonpartisans, the politically unaffiliated may be allowed to choose one political party’s ballot. The parties that will open their primaries to nonpartisans in 2022 won’t be known until February.

In the general election, voters use the same ballot, irrespective of party affiliation.

How can I get a mail-in or absentee ballot? Are there important deadlines?

Any registered Nebraska voter can request a mail-in or absentee ballot; no reason is required. The early voting ballot application can be downloaded online, picked up at your county elections office or requested through your county elections office by mail, fax, email or phone.

If you don’t have access to a formal application, you can create your own application by providing your name, residence address, voting precinct (if known), phone number, mailing address and signature.

You can mail, e-mail, fax or drop off your mail-in ballot application to your county elections office, and it must be received by 6 p.m. on May 2 for the primary and by 6 p.m. on Oct. 28 for the general election. More information about the mail-in ballot process is on the secretary of state’s website.

To cast your absentee or mail-in vote, your completed ballot must be returned to your county elections office by 8 p.m. CT or 7 p.m. MT on Election Day — May 10 for the primary and Nov. 8 for the general election. You or anyone acting on your behalf as an “agent” can either mail the ballot, bring it into your county elections office or place it in a secure drop box at your county elections office or at another location, if applicable. Drop boxes should be available 24/7 up until the close of the polls on election night, but you should check with your county election office to confirm drop box locations and availability.

Can I track my absentee ballot?

Yes. Nebraska maintains an online voter portal that allows voters to track their absentee ballots.

Can I vote in person before Election Day?

Yes, you can vote in person at your county elections office starting April 11 for the primary and Oct. 11 for the general election. Early voting should be available during normal business hours and run through the day before each election day. But check with your county elections office, as hours may vary by location.

When is Election Day? When are polls open?

The primaries are Tuesday, May 10. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Central time zone and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Mountain time zone. You must vote at your designated polling place, which can be found via the state's online voter information center or by contacting your county elections office.

Do I need identification to vote?

No identification is required, with the exception of first-time registered voters who mailed in their registration and did not include a copy of their ID or address verification.

What races are on the ballot in 2022?

  • U.S. House: All three seats
  • State legislature: 24 of 49 seats
  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Other state executives: Secretary of State, Auditor of Public Accounts, State Treasurer and Attorney General
  • Nebraska Supreme Court: Four judges are on the ballot to be retained and are unopposed by other candidates.
  • Nebraska intermediate appellate court: Four judges are on the ballot to be retained and are unopposed by other candidates.
  • State Board of Education (Districts 5, 6, 7, 8), State Board of Regents (Districts 6, 7) and Public Service Commissioner (Districts 4, 5)

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Oct. 21 with information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on Aug. 3, 2020. Voting rules, procedures and candidates may change before Election Day. We’ll keep this guide updated, so bookmark this page and check back.

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