- Check if you are registered to vote.
- Locate your polling place and note the hours of operation.
- Consider voting early (or absentee). If you plan to vote at the polls, go early in the day to avoid the last-minute rush.
- Read all instructions carefully.
- Take your time.
- Ask for help if you need it.
- You may always ask for a provisional ballot if not on the list.
- If you are a U.S. Citizen who is at least 18 years old on or before November 6, 2012 and live in Nebraska - you can register to vote.
- You can register in any county where you have a valid address (school, parent’s home, or other) and will be 18 years old on or before November 6, 2012.
- You may vote 2 years after all terms of your felony sentence, probation and/or parole are completed if convicted of a felony.
- You can use county courthouses or clerks’ office as a mailing address to register to vote.
- If you have moved/your address has changed, you need to REGISTER TO VOTE WITH YOUR NEW ADDRESS.
- If you have changed your name, you need to REGISTER TO VOTE WITH YOUR NEW NAME.
- Go online to www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov to check your voter registration information.
- You may also call your county election commission or the Nebraska Secretary of State's office (1-888-727-0007).
How do I register?
- You may register in person at your county election commissioner office or Department of Motor Vehicle office.
- You can register by mail using the mail-in registration form found at www.aclunebraska.org. View the instructions on the form as you may need to confirm your address by mailing a copy of a bill or similar item.
- For mail-in registrations, you must reigster by October 19.
What if I miss the deadline?
- You may register in-person at the county election commission office or Department of Motor Vehicals until October 26.
Can I vote before Election Day?
- Yes. In Nebraska you may either vote by mail or in advance at the election commission. You may begin voting on October 1, 2012.
What's early voting?
- Early voting allows people to vote before election day.
- Download an early voting ballot today. Return the form to your county election commission by October 31, 2012.
- You can visit your county election commission by October 31, 2012 by 4:00pm, for an early voting application.
- Your early ballot must be returned by 8:00pm on November 6, 2012.
- No. You do NOT need to show an ID to vote.
- The only time voters may be asked for their ID is if they are a first time Nebraska registrant who did not provide ID docutments at the time of their registration.
- You may always ask for a provisional ballot.
When is Election Day?
- November 6, 2012 (1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November).
- 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.
- Your employer must make reasonable accomidations to allow you to vote, such as offering a standard lunch break.
- Your polling place may be a school, church or government office.
- Find your polling location by visiting www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov or calling 1-888-727-0007.
- By law, polling places in Nebraska must be accessible.
- If you have problems accessing your polling place, call 1-888-727-0007 for the Secretary of State's office.
- You may also vote by mail if you have concerns about accessing your polling place.
- You cannot get a printed ballot in your native language, but ballots in multiple languages are available by using AutoMARK, an electronic ballot marking device. Voters may request to use the AutoMARK device from officials at the polling place. AutoMARK devices are available at every polling place.
- 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.
- An AutoMARK ballot marking device is available to assist the voter at every polling place. This 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.
What if I'm not on the voter list?
- You may be asked to check with a different polling place or cast a provisional ballot upon completing a certification and new registration form. It is possible that if you moved, your voter registration was not updated.
- Persons casting Provisional ballots may check to see if their ballot was counted starting the second Wednesday after the election by visiting www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov 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.
- You may be asked to go to a different polling place or cast a provisional ballot using the process outlined above.
- If someone challenges your right to vote, you have options. Start by contacting the Nebraska Secretary of State's office. Then contact the ACLU Voter Protection Hotline or ACLU Nebraska.
- Inform the workers at the poll of the situation. If the problem is related to a poll worker, contact the Nebraska Secretary of State's office. If you are concerned for your own safety, contact law enforcement.
- In Nebraska all counties use optical scan ballots. Ask a poll worker for a new ballot if needed.
- If you need to make a complaint about your voting experience, start by contacting the Nebraska Secretary of State's office. Then contact the ACLU Voter Protection Hotline or ACLU Nebraska.
- Voters in Nebraska do not need to present a voter registration card or ID in order to vote. The only time voters may be asked for their ID is if they are a first time Nebraska registrant who did not provide ID documents at the time of their registration.
- A provisional ballot is used to record a citizen's vote when the registration information needs to be confirmed.
Will my provisional ballot be counted?
- If your information is verified and you are eligible vote, your provisional ballot will be counted.
- Persons casting provisional ballots may check to see if their ballot was counted starting the second Wednesday after the election by visiting www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/ 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.