Election 2016: Here are the deadlines and details for voting in Nebraska and Iowa


Early voting

Nebraska voters can start casting ballots for the general election in county election offices on Oct. 10 or Oct. 11. Some offices will be closed that Monday for Columbus Day, including Douglas County, so the start of in-person early voting must wait a day there.

Requests for an early ballot to be sent through the mail must be received by Oct. 28.

Registering to vote

The deadline to register online or by mail is Oct. 21. The deadline to register in person at election offices is Oct. 28.

» Nebraska’s online voter registration system is a new option for people to register or to update their current registration. Access the system any time by going to ne.gov/go/NEreg2vote.

» Mail-in voter registration applications are available at locations including banks, post offices and libraries. Applications also can be printed off the secretary of state’s website, www.sos.ne.gov.

If registering for the first time in Nebraska by mail, provide a copy of a current and valid photo ID or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that is dated within the past 60 days and shows your name and address.

» You also may register by Oct. 21 at the state Department of Motor Vehicles when applying for or renewing your driver’s license. Or register by Oct. 21 through the state Department of Health and Human Services or state Department of Education when you apply for a public program, review a program’s information or change your address in connection with a program.

Election Day

Polls are open Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. CST

Absentee ballots are due at the county election office before the polls close on Nov. 8.


Early voting

Underway since Thursday.

Requests to receive an absentee ballot by mail must be received by Nov. 4.

The last day to request and vote an absentee ballot in person at a county auditor’s office is Nov. 7.

Registering to vote

» The deadline to preregister is 5 p.m. Oct. 29. Mailed registration forms postmarked on or before Oct. 24 are considered on time even if they are received after 5 p.m. on the 29th. To preregister, complete a voter registration form, sign it and return it to your county auditor’s office.

» Iowans also can register to vote at their polling place on Election Day. At the polling place, you must prove who you are and where you live. A valid Iowa driver’s license with your current address printed on it can serve as proof.

If you do not have an Iowa driver’s license, you may use a photo ID that is current, valid and contains an expiration date, including an Iowa non-driver ID card, a U.S. passport, an ID card issued by an employer, or a student ID issued by an Iowa high school or college.

If your photo ID does not contain your current address, you may use another document to prove where you live if it contains your name and current address, such as a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document.

Election Day

Polls in Iowa are open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. CST.

Absentee ballots are due at the county auditor office before the polls close on Nov. 8.