Lincoln and Omaha City Elections
Lincoln General Election May 4
Omaha General Election May 11
MAKE A PLAN TO VOTE IN 3 EASY STEPS
Step #1: Register to vote.
Step #2: Decide which way you will vote. You have 3 options You have 3 options. Choose the best one to keep you and others healthy during the pandemic.
Option #1: Request a mail-in ballot and vote from home.
Option #2: Vote early at your local election office.
Option #3: Vote on election day at your local polling location.
Step #3: Spread the word. It is not enough for us to vote. We need help our friends and family make a plan to vote. Share this link to our Vote Center. Share those #BallotSelfies to show your #NebDems pride!
CITY OF LINCOLN ELECTION DATES
Jan. 4 — First day to request a mail-in ballot.
April 19 — Early election ballots mailed out or can be picked up at the local election office in Lincoln
April 19 — First day to vote early in-person at the local election office in Lincoln. M-F from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
April 23, 6 p.m. — Last day to request an early ballot by mail
May 3 — Last day to vote early in-person at the local election office
May 4 — General election day. Polls open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. All early voting ballots must be returned to an official ballot drop box by 8 p.m.
CITY OF OMAHA ELECTION DATES
Jan. 11 — First day to request a mail-in ballot for the general election
April 30 — Last day to request a mail-in ballot for the general election
April 26 — Early general election ballots mailed out or can be picked up at the local election office in Omaha
April 26 — First day to vote early in-person for the general election. M-F from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 10 — Last day to vote early in-person for the general election at the local election office
May 11 — General Election Day. Polls open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. All early voting ballots must be returned to an official ballot drop box by 8 p.m..
If you experience any problems with early voting or at your polling place on election day, you can call the Civic Nebraska’s Election Protection Hotline — 402.890.5291 –or call or email the NDP — 402-434-2180/[email protected]
DROPPING OFF VOTE-BY-MAIL APPLICATIONS AND COMPLETED BALLOTS
Lancaster County has a drop box at their main office (601 N 46th Street in Lincoln) and at every public library:
- Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 South 14th St.
- Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Ave.
- Bethany Branch Library, 1810 North Cotner Blvd.
- Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior St.
- Gere Branch Library, 2400 South 56th St.
- South Branch Library, 2675 South St.
- Walt Branch Library, 6701 South 14th St.
- Williams Branch Library, 5000 Mike Scholl St.
Douglas County has a drop box at their main office (12220 W Center Road) and other locations:
- City/County Building, 1819 Farnam St.
Located: Between 18th & 19th on Farnam near sidewalk
- South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St.
Located: East side parking lot
- Charles B. Washington Branch Library, 2868 Ames Ave.
Located: Southwest corner of building
- Clarkson College Parking Lot 8, 42nd & Farnam St.
Located: Northwest corner, east side of parking lot
- Goodwill, 4805 N 72nd St.
Located: Southwest end of parking lot, near IHOP
- Asian Market, 321 N. 76th St.
Located: West end of parking lot
- Milton R. Abrahams Branch Library, 5111 N. 90th St.
Located: South of main entrance
- Douglas County Engineer’s Office, 15505 W. Maple Road
Located: Near sidewalk by parking stalls
- Spring Ridge Shopping Center, 178th & Pacific St.
Located: On median when entering at 178th St, next to post office box
Find your polling place (where you go on Election Day)
Democrats Abroad help Nebraskans living overseas vote. Get all the information you need to vote abroad here.
VOTERS LIVING WITH DISABILITIES
From the NE SOS office: “Voters with disabilities can use the accessible ballot marking device to vote early by scheduling an appointment with their County Election Office.” All county election offices are closed to the public, so you must call ahead to schedule an appointment.
FORMERLY INCARCERATED NEBRASKANS
Nebraska law ensures that people who have served time can have their right to vote restored after a two-year period following the successful completion of their sentence, including probation.
If you would like to become a poll worker for the election, contact your county election office.
They will then send you information on training and how to register for this paid position in your county.
Time requirements are a training class, which varies in time by county, usually 1-2 hours and then working the day of the election 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT.
We want to caution that only those without underlying health issues should consider this option since you will be in contact with various people during the day.
We strongly encourage volunteers to sign up for to be a Poll Watcher which will give you more ability to socially distance.
The NDP is asking as many of our supporters as possible to sign up to be a Poll Watcher. Civic Nebraska, a non-partisan group, is seeking individuals to volunteer as non-partisan election observers. Observers act in a passive role, monitoring elections and the polling places, reporting back to Civic Nebraska their observations, particularly instances of concern.
As part of their observations, election observers gather data on how elections are ran from one county to the next and record any irregularities or differing treatment of voters based on geography.
Volunteers will also check to see if polling places are ADA compliant. This information is shared with local county election officials and state election officials to identify areas of success and improvement and pursue future legislative initiatives to improve the voter’s experience.
If you are interested in becoming a poll watcher, fill out this form from Civic Nebraska and they will train you and then place you at a polling location.