Each time you vote in any election, you help yourself, your family and your community. The voting process can be confusing, so here are three steps to help you vote: Register, be Informed and Vote.
STEP 1: REGISTER TO VOTE
(the first time and each time you move from your home, change the name or change your party)
- Who can vote: Anyone who is a citizen of the United States, who lives in Nebraska, and who is 18 years of age. Offenders (convicted) can vote after 2 years of having completed the sentence.
- How to register: On the internet, go to vote411.org only if you have a driver’s license or state identification (ID) with your current address.
- Register in person at the Electoral Commission Office, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), public libraries, Public Assistance Offices, and WIC clinics.
- If you are not sure if you have registered, check the site: votercheck.necvr.ne.gov
STEP 2: BE INFORMED
- What issues interest you? Get real information about the candidates and their positions on the issues that interest you.
- Commercials and television ads are not always accurate.
- The League of Women Voters (LWV) publishes an impartial Guide for Voters with information about the candidates on the site vote411.org or the paper version available in public libraries.
- Watch the videos of the local candidate forums on the omahalwv.org site
- You do not have to vote for each office / candidate listed on the ballot, you can leave blank boxes on the ballot
STEP 3: VOTING OPTIONS (Choose one)
VOTE FROM YOUR HOME
- Request the Early Voting Ballot from the Nebraska Secretary of State or the County Electoral Commission, complete it and return it by mail to the Electoral Commission; You can also write your name, date of birth, address, your telephone number and sign on a blank sheet of paper. Take a photo and email it to your county election office. ( firstname.lastname@example.org or earlyvote@Sarpy.com )
- They will send you the ballot by mail to your home. Fill out the ballot, sign the envelope and return it in the return envelope that is included.
- Return the ballot by mail no later than 5 days before the day of the election using a regular mail stamp.
EARLY VOTE IN PERSON
- Vote in the Electoral Commission Office; during office hours (Douglas County, 225 N. 115 St., Omaha 402-444-8683 / Sarpy County 501 Olson Drive, Suite 4 Papillion, 402-593-2167).
VOTE ELECTION DAY
- Go to your assigned polling place on election day, from 8am to 8pm. If you do not know where you have to vote, go to the Electoral Commission website. votercheck.necvr.ne.gov
- If you ask for a ballot to be sent home, you can not vote at the polling place.
- All voting centers in Nebraska must be accessible to voters with disabilities. For information on accommodating voters with disabilities, visit: http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/pdf/voter_disability_rights.pdf