Nebraska Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated May 04, 2014
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Important Deadlines

  • Voter Registration Form: Postmarked the third Friday before the election (by-mail). Received by 6pm on the second Friday before the election (in-person).
  • Absentee Ballot Application: Received by 4:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before the election
  • Voted Absentee Ballot: Received by 8:00 p.m. on election day

How to vote by absentee ballot

Register to vote

Recommended: Use our Voter Registration Tool. Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form.

You can also download and complete the Nebraska Voter Registration Form.  Mail your completed form to your County Clerk or Election Commissioner.

Verify your voter registration

It's best to verify your voter registration before applying for your absentee ballot.  If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.

NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost your voter registration card. You don't actually need it to vote.

Apply for your absentee ballot

Good news!  Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in Nebraska.   (Nebraska calls absentee voting "early voting.")

Download and complete the Nebraska's Early-Voting Ballot Application.  Mail or fax your completed form to your County Clerk or Election Commissioner.

Receive, complete, and return your absentee ballot

Your county will process your application and mail you a ballot and a return envelope.  Complete your ballot, sign where indicated, and mail it to your County Clerk or Election Commissioner.   Your ballot must arrive by the close of polls on election day. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to provide ID when I apply for my absentee ballot in Nebraska?

You do not need to provide ID if you've already voted in your county at least once.  If you are a first-time voter in your county, and you you did not include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form, then you must include a copy with your absentee ballot application.  You may include a copy of a current and valid photo identification that shows your name OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and Nebraska address.

When is the earliest I can apply for an absentee ballot in Nebraska?

All county election offices will accept Early Voting applications up to 120 days prior to a statewide Primary or General election. However, regular Early Voting ballots are not sent out or voted until 35 days before the Election.

Can I vote in person before the election in Nebraska?

Yes. Check out our Early Voting page for details.

Additional Information

State Election Website:
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 


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