FAQs on voting in Nebraska’s primaries

Sample ballots, how nonpartisans vote for partisan state and federal candidates, where to find your polling place, and more.


This was published in advance of the 2018 Nebraska primary. For 2022 FAQs, click here.


Nebraska’s May 15 primary election is just around the corner. Are you ready? Here are some frequently asked questions about voting in our state’s primaries.

Where can I get an early look at the ballot?

The statewide and federal sample ballots for the May 15 primaries are here. You can look through the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, and various nonpartisan ballots, as well as see who is appearing in each “local” race for statewide office.

I’m a nonpartisan. Can I vote in the primary election?

Yes, absolutely. Registered nonpartisans can vote for all nonpartisan offices, like state legislature, and can pick which party primary they would like to vote in for other offices.

Are there differences between the nonpartisan primary ballot options?
Yes. Every nonpartisan ballot includes offices for Legislature, Board of Education, Board of Regents, Learning Community, Community College Board, Public Power District, Natural Resource District, and ballot initiatives. Nonpartisan Republican ballots include races for U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Nonpartisan Libertarian ballots include races for president, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives. Nonpartisan Democratic ballots include races for president, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, attorney general, state auditor and public service commissioner.  More on nonpartisan ballots is in this two-minute video.
Is nonpartisan the same as “independent?”
Yes. Nonpartisan is the official terminology in Nebraska for voters who identity as independent when they opt out of registering under one of the three parties.
I can’t remember if I’m registered to vote. Is there some way I can check?
Yes. Go here to check — and double-check. It takes 30 seconds.

Where do I go on Election Day to vote?

Head to your polling station from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. if you’re in the eastern part of the state that is in Central Daylight Time, or 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. if you’re in the western part of the state that is in Mountain Daylight Time.

I can’t remember where my polling place is. Is there a way to double-check beforehand?

Yes. Click here. Enter your address and your polling place will be displayed. Still not sure where it’s at? Look for it on Google Maps.

If I’m in line when the polls close but I have yet to vote, do I still get to vote?

Yes! Stay in line. As long as you are in line by 8 p.m. in the Central Time zone, or 7 p.m. in the Mountain Time zone, you will be allowed to vote.

I want to be an election observer on Election Day. How do I do that?

Civic Nebraska is training nonpartisan election observers for the May 15 primary right up through May 14, the day before Nebraskans go to the polls. You’ll need to sit in on a short training and sign up for a time slot and polling station. Our policy organizer, Brad Christian-Sallis, can get you started. Contact Brad at at 402.812.2234 or brad.christian.sallis@civicnebraska.org.

What do I do if I’m denied a ballot on Election Day?

This is serious business — and we should know about it right away. If you have been denied a ballot for any reason, we encourage you to contact Civic Nebraska’s Election Day hotline at 402-904-5191, via email at elections@civicnebraska.org; or via Facebook or Twitter.

Do I have to show an ID on Election Day to vote?

No. Identification is not required to vote. The only exception is if you’re a first-time voter, you registered to vote by mail, and did not send in a copy of your ID at that time. If you are asked to present ID at your polling place, call Civic Nebraska’s Election Day hotline at 402-904-5191, email us at elections@civicnebraska.org, or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter.

Other questions? Let us know at elections@civicnebraska.org.

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