Election Facts at a Glance: Get Ready for the 2018 General Election

Election Day for the 2018 gubernatorial general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6 and the deadline to register or change your registration (if you’ve moved, changed your name, want to change your political party affiliation, etc.) is coming up fast. In Douglas and Sarpy counties, the deadline to register by mail, through an agent (like one of our voter-registration volunteers) or online is Oct. 19. Douglas County residents can also register in-person at the election commission office any time before 6 p.m. on Oct. 26.

As part of our mission to empower voters, LWVGO has put together a two-page printable factsheet about the election: ElectFacts. Below, we’ve collected some more extensive information about the primary and how to be a voter. We also have a Google Calendar available with the deadlines and will be collecting candidate forums and other resources on our website under the heading “2018 ELECTIONS.”

We encourage you to distribute this information with your friends, families and community members.

Get out there and go vote, Omaha!

Who Can Vote

You are eligible to vote in Nebraska if you are:

  1. A Nebraska resident; and
  2. A US citizen; and
  3. At least 18 years old OR 17 years old but you’ll be 18 by Nov. 6, 2018; and
  4. Have never been convicted of a felony OR have been convicted of a felony but have completed your entire sentence (including probation/parole and incarceration), plus 2 years of wait-time. (Citizens with misdemeanor convictions or citizens who have spent time in jail, including while awaiting trial, do not lose their right to vote.)

What about political parties?

Voters must select a political party when they register. There are four recognized parties: Republican, Democratic, Libertarian and Nonpartisan.

What if I don’t have an address or are registered at my parents’ address but go to school out-of-state?

If you are registered at your parent’s home but reside at your college or university, you will need to request an early ballot to vote by mail.

If you live in a shelter, you can register to vote using the address of the shelter. You can vote early or on Election Day.

If you do not have an address at all, you can register to vote using the address of your county election commission office as your address. You can then vote early, in-person at the election commission office between Oct. 2 and Nov. 5. (You do not need documentation of homelessness.)

If you have an address where you can receive mail (even if you register using the address of a shelter, social services agency or election commission as your “home” address), you can request to vote by mail using that address.

If you are in a county jail, you can register to vote using your home address. You will need to request an early ballot to vote by mail and then vote by during the early voting period (Oct. 2 through Nov. 5).

How to Register to Vote

The deadline to register to vote in this election is Oct. 19 if registering:

  • by mail (must be postmarked on or before Oct. 19),
  • online (must be done before 11:59 p.m. Oct. 19),
  • at a community agency, library, DMV office, or at community event by deputy registrar.

Nebraska residents can register online via the Nebraska Secretary of State’s website. (You must have a NE driver’s license or state ID to register online.) 

You can also register to by paper: You can fill out and print the form and mail it to your election commission or bring it in.

The deadline to register to vote in this election is 6 p.m. Oct. 26 if registering in person at one of the following Election Commission offices.

Douglas County Election Commission
225 North 115th Street
Omaha, NE 68154

Sarpy County Election Commissioner
501 Olson Dr. Suite 4
Papillion, NE 68046

Verify your registration and that all your information is correct by going to the Nebraska Voter Check website and entering your information under “Registration Information.”

How, When & Where to Vote

Nebraska voters can: vote early by going to their county election office (early in-person voting), vote early by mailing their ballot to their county election office (vote by mail), vote early by dropping off a ballot in a dropbox, or vote in-person at their polling place.

In-Person Early Voting

You can go to your county election commission office and vote early in-person any time during business hours between Tuesday, Oct. 2 and Monday, Nov. 5. Here are the office addresses:

Douglas County Election Commission
225 North 115th Street
Omaha, NE 68154

Sarpy County Election Commission
501 Olson Dr. Suite 4
Papillion, NE 68046

Early Voting By Mail (VBM)

In Douglas and Sarpy counties, you have to request a ballot to get it mailed to you. If you request a ballot, you cannot vote on Election Day. In Douglas County, you can also drop your ballot off at a dropbox instead of putting it in the mail.

To get a ballot mailed to you, fill out the form for your county (click on the applications below to download) and then email it in, mail it in or deliver it to your county election commission office. The deadline is 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26.

Douglas County Application
Email: earlyvoting@votedouglascounty.com
Dropbox Locations

Office Location:
225 North 115th Street
Omaha, NE 68154

Sarpy County Application
Email: earlyvote@sarpy.com
Office Location:
501 Olson Dr. Suite 4
Papillion, NE 68046

Verifying Your VBM Ballot Was Received

After voting, it’s a good idea to check that your early/vote-by-mail ballot was received and accepted. To do this, go to the Nebraska Voter Check website, click on “Absentee Ballot” and enter your information.

At-Poll (Election Day) Voting

If you did not request an early/absentee/VBM ballot, you’ll vote on Election Day, which is Tuesday, Nov. 6. You’ll go to your polling place any time between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Your election commission office should have sent you a card with your polling place information and district information when you registered or changed your registration. But you can find your polling place online if you need to: Go to the Nebraska Voter Check website and enter your address.

How to Find Out Who & What Will Be On Your Ballot

Your election commission office should have sent you a card with your polling place information and district information when you registered or changed your registration.

If you live in Douglas or Sarpy County, you can also find out your districts online. You can then match up your districts with voting guides to find out more about the candidates running to be your representative in those districts.

You can find out who is running in each race/district on the Douglas County Election Commission website (this includes statewide races and U.S. House of Representatives District 2 but not races specific to only Sarpy County).

Because this is a primary and there’s a mix of partisan and nonpartisan races, there are different ballots for the different political parties. Every ballot has the nonpartisan races that you’re eligible to vote for plus the bond-issue question, if you live in the Omaha Public School District. Libertarian, Republican and Democratic ballots have all the nonpartisan races, the bond-issue question (if you live in the OPS District), plus the party candidates for the partisan races.

Find Your Districts: Douglas County

If you’re registered, you can use the Nebraska Voter Check website to find both your polling place information and your districts.

If you’re not registered (or just recently registered), go to the Douglas County Election Commission website and enter your address under “Finding Your Voting Information.” (Tip: Use the advanced search for better results.)

Find Your Districts: Sarpy County

Go to the Polling Place Locator website and enter your address. Under the Voting Info tab, you’ll see your polling place address and can even click on links to view sample ballots. Click on the Districts tab to see all of your representatives and the districts they represent.

Notes on Becoming an Informed Voter

  • What issues matter to you? Get factual information about the candidate’s background and positions important to you.
  • TV ads are not always accurate.
  • League of Women Voters publishes an impartial Voters Guide on the candidates online at vote411.org or a paper guide at Omaha Public Libraries.
  • Watch videos of local candidate forums.
  • You do not have to vote for every office, it is okay to leave items blank on your ballot.

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