Critical elections happen on Nov. 6, 2018 across our state–offices from Governor to Public Power seats and local city and county level seats that impact each and every one of our communities will all be on the ballot.
Election Day: Nov. 6, 2018 (or vote early in person or via mail)
Three Steps You Should Take Now
1.Register to vote. You can register to vote online. You can also change your party affiliation and change your address.
2. Add the election date–Nov. 6– and your polling location to your calendar now, this will help remind when and where you need to be on these two critical dates to end one-party rule of our state.
3. Complete your Vote By Mail application if you want to vote by mail: Vote By Mail form. Voting by mail is easy and secure. Submit the form anytime between July 8-Oct. 26, 2018. Then, starting on Oct. 1, your ballot will be mailed to you for the General Election.
Understanding Vote By Mail and Early Voting In-Person
You can get a ballot sent to your home so you can vote early by mail–just fill the Vote By Mail form out and mail it to your county election office. A ballot then gets sent to you. Easy. Secure. Fast.
Critical dates for early voting–either by mail or in-person at your county election office:
July 8-Oct. 26: Starting on July 8, you can submit the form to request to Vote By Mail. The earlier you submit the form the better. The last day to submit your Vote By Mail application is Oct. 26.
Oct. 1: Early voting by mail starts and ballots are sent out if you requested to Vote By Mail.
Oct. 9: Early voting in-person starts on Oct. 9, 2018 at your county election office.
Nov. 6: Your early voting ballot must arrive to your county election office by Nov. 6. This is also Election Day if you are voting in person at your local polling location.
Vote By Mail Application (spanish)
Find your County Election office (where you can in-person do the following: register to vote, request to vote by mail, vote early)
Voter Protection Hotline
In English: (402) 904-5191
En Español: 1-888-839-8682
Registration Dates and Info You Need to Know
All of these dates are explained below and on the NE SOS site.
If you need a ride to the polls and in North Omaha you can call Black Votes Matter at 402-312-2891
Oct. 19: Register to Vote using the online system by Oct. 19, 2018.
Oct. 26: Register to Vote In-Person, until 6:00pm, at your County Elections office by Oct. 26, 2018.
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
Open and Closed Primary Explained
The open primary system does not apply to the General Election on Nov. 6 since there is only one ballot for all voters, the information below only applies in the Primaries. Democrats allow Independents to vote on our partisan ballot during the primaries and Republicans do not.
In Nebraska, we have a non-partisan State Legislature–this means regardless of your party affiliation, you can vote for the person you want to see represent you. The top two vote-getters–regardless of party–in the Primary go on to the General Election.
For all Federal Offices (US Senate and House of Representatives), if you are a non-partisan voter, you can still request a partisan ballot for these federal races. That is a matter of federal law. We hope you choose the Democrats!
For all other state partisan elections (Governor, PSC, etc), the Democratic Party allows non-partisans to request what is called a “Non-Partisan Partisan Ballot” and we allow you to vote in our Primary Elections. The Republicans in Nebraska do NOT welcome non-partisan voters in their primary races.
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!
Want to Run for Office?
It’s too late to run for office in 2018, but if you want to talk about running in 2020, now is the time to start thinking about all the pieces of a campaign. Send an email to email@example.com and a staff member will get in touch with you.
See the list of Democrats running for office in 2018.