Early voting applications open for primary election

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Today is the first day to request a mail ballot for the upcoming primary election.

Anyone registered to vote can apply for an early-voting ballot by contacting your county election office by mail or by fax.

Nebraska is a “no-excuse” state, meaning any registered voter may request an early-voting or absentee ballot and is not required to provide a reason.

You may print an online early voting application, complete the form, and then mail, fax, or scan/take a picture of your application and email it to your county election office.

The last day for an early-voting application to be received is 6 p.m. on the second Friday preceding the election.

All county election offices will accept early-voting applications up to 120 days prior to a statewide primary, general election, or special election.

However, regular early-voting ballots are not sent out or voted until at least 35 days before a primary or general election and 15 days prior to all other elections. All early-voting ballots whether delivered in person or carrier to the county drop box or by mail must arrive by the close of polls on the day of the election.

Primary election voting will take place on May 10th.

  • Primary election 
    • Jan. 10 – First day to accept early voting requests
    • April 4 – Counties must have early voting ballots ready for delivery by mail
    • April 11 – First day of in-person early voting
    • April 22 – Postmark deadline for mailed voter registrations
    • April 22 – Agency/DMV registration deadline
    • April 22 before midnight – Online voter registration deadline
    • May 2 by 6 p.m. – Last day for in-person voter registration
    • May 2  by 6 p.m. – Last day to receive an application for early voting ballots to be mailed to a specific address
    • May 9 – Last day of in-person early voting
  • General election
    • July 11 – First day to accept early voting requests
    • Oct. 3 – Counties must have early voting ballots ready for delivery by mail
    • Oct. 11 – First day of in-person early voting
    • Oct. 21 – Postmark deadline for mailed voter registrations
    • Oct. 21 – Agency/DMV registration deadline
    • Oct. 21 before midnight – Online voter registration deadline
    • Oct. 28 by 6 p.m. – Last day for in-person voter registration
    • Oct. 28 by 6 p.m. – Last day to receive an application for early voting ballots to be mailed to a specific address
    • Nov. 7 – Last day of in-person early voting
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