Critical elections happen in 2018 across our state–Governor, PSC, Attorney General, Secretary of State, all House Members, Senator Fischer’s seat is up, all State Legislative districts that are even numbers–plus NRD, Public Power and much more at the local city and county level.
Two critical steps you can take now:
Register to vote. You can register to vote fully online, change your party affiliation and change your address.
Add the election dates and your polling location to your calendar NOW!
Primary Election Day is May 15, 2018.
Election Day is Nov. 6, 2018.
In Nebraska, we have an “open primary” system for the nonpartisan legislature–this means regardless of your party affiliation, you can vote for the person you want to see represent you in the primary. The top two vote-getters–regardless of party– in the primary go on to the general election.
For all statewide and federal offices in Nebraska, we have a “closed primary” meaning you can only vote for the party affiliation that you belong to in that race.
If you are a registered non-partisan in Nebraska, during the Presidential primaries you can request either the Democratic or Libertarian ballot when you arrive at your polling location. Republicans do not allow independent voters in their primary. As Democrats, we welcome independents!
Basic Voting Links
Register to vote online (deadline is April 27, 2018 for the primary and Oct. 19, 2018 for the general)
Register to vote by mail (deadline is April 27, 2018 for the primary and Oct. 19, 2018 for the general)
Understanding Vote By Mail
Early voting by mail for elections starts 35 days prior to an election (primary or general).
So, for 2018, early voting by mail and in-person at your county election office starts:
Early voting starts March 23, 2017 for the primary election
Early voting starts Oct. 2, 2017 for the general election
Many Nebraskans living overseas don’t vote either because they don’t know they can or they think it would be too complicated. However, every American holding a US passport can, by law, vote in Federal elections. And it’s easy. You can register to vote at www.VoteFromAbroad.org.
Nebraska does ensure ex-felons right to vote is restored after a two-year period once time is served, including probation.
You can read all the background on voting rights for ex-felons here: http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/felon-voting-rights.html
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