Election Day is here. What you need to know about voting in Nebraska
Nebraska voters on Tuesday will pick their next governor, a senator, three House members and give the up-or-down on whether to expand Medicaid coverage.
They’ll also choose a whole slate of legislators, local school board members, some mayors and other local seats.
Here’s what Nebraska voters need to know:
When can I vote?
Polls are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Central time.
How can I vote?
On Tuesday, you must vote at your polling place or, if you already requested an early voting ballot, you can turn that in at the election office or a drop box until 8 p.m. Early ballots cannot be turned in at your polling place.
How do I find my polling place?
Check here: https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do
What should I do if they say I’m not registered, but I know I am?
First call your local election commission. In Douglas County that number is 402-444-8683, and in Sarpy County it is 402-593-2167. They can help you make sure you’re at the right polling place. You can always fill out a provisional ballot, and the election office will look into it and count the ballot if you were eligible to vote.
What if I moved and forgot to update my voter registration?
If you moved within your county, you must go to your new polling place and fill out a provisional ballot.
What if I can’t get to the polls?
Several groups offer rides to the polls.
The Nebraska Republican Party plans to offer rides in some areas of the state, including Omaha, and they can be reached at 402-413-0227 or Caitlin@negop.org.
The county Democratic Parties in Douglas and Sarpy are also offering rides for Democrats and nonpartisan voters. The Douglas County Democratic Party can be reached at 402-558-5912 and their Sarpy County counterparts are at 402-884-5053.
Black Votes Matter offers rides in north Omaha. To reach them, call 402-312-2891.
What if I suspect voter fraud or see another irregularity at the polls?
You can call the Secretary of State’s election integrity hotline: 888-727-0007 or 402-471-2555.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Laurie Kelly also will be taking calls about suspected election fraud or voting rights abuses at 402-661-3700.
Civic Nebraska also plans to have nearly 120 trained monitors at polls in seven counties, including Douglas and Sarpy, to observe and take reports when people are turned away. The organization has an election day hotline: 402-904-5191.
A coalition of news outlets led by ProPublica is also monitoring election issues nationwide. You can alert them with this form or by texting the word VOTE, VOTA (for Spanish) or 投票 (for Chinese) to 81380 (standard text message rates apply).
What if I change my mind or need to ask a question?
Once you put your ballot in the box you can’t take it back. If you think there’s a problem or you have a question and need to contact the election commission, do that before you submit your ballot.