Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, and Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale wants Nebraskans to take advantage of it.
To vote in the Nov. 6 general election, Nebraskans must register to vote by Oct. 26.
“September is the month to act,” Gale said. “Waiting until Halloween is too late. I hope Nebraskans will take this step as one of their civic duties.”
Gale noted that November voters will decide on a variety of important offices and issues, including Medicaid expansion, governor, U.S. senator and other important state and local offices.
Here’s what you need to know to get registered.
How to register
You can register with your county election commission or, if you have a driver’s license or state ID, online at nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration. You don’t need an ID to register in person or by mail unless election officials don’t find you in databases that track social security numbers and Nebraska driver’s licenses and state IDs. You can also register at the DMV or at any Omaha Public Library.
Who can register
Anyone who is a U.S. citizen, lives in Nebraska and will be 18 by the time of the Nov. 6 election. College students can register either in their home state or the state where they live for college. Military members can use the Federal Post Card Application, which is standard across all states and comes with an early voting application.
When to register
You can register until 6 p.m. on Oct. 26. If you register after Oct. 19, you have to do so in person at the county election commission’s office.
When to vote
You can ask to have an early voting ballot mailed to you by filling out this form. Those ballots start going out on Oct. 1. You can vote early in person at the county election office starting Oct. 9. On Election Day, you must vote at your polling place. Poll hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Central Time Zone.