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Registering to vote is simple — you can register online! You must register to vote online by midnight on Friday, October 19. If you miss this deadline, you can still register to vote at the Douglas County Election Commission (225 N. 115th Street, Omaha) until Friday, October 26 at 6:00 pm. Not sure if you are already registered? Find out here.
You must meet the following requirements:
- Must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Must be 18 years old on Election Day (November 6, 2018).
- Must live in the state of Nebraska.
- Must be registered to vote by Friday, October 26, 2018.
You can vote on Election Day (November 6, 2018) or you can vote before Election Day! Make a plan to vote in whatever way works best for you:
- Vote early by mail—request an early ballot be delivered to your home, fill out your ballot and mail it back to the Douglas County Election Commission (225 N. 115th Street, Omaha, NE 68154). Recommended to mail no later than November 2, 2018.
- Vote early and drop off your ballot—request an early ballot be delivered to your home, fill out your ballot and drop it off at one of several drop boxes around Omaha no later than November 6 at 8:00 pm.
- Vote early in person at the Douglas County Election Commission (225 N. 115th Street, Omaha).
- Vote in person on Election Day (November 6) at your polling place.
- League of Women Voters (LWV) of Greater Omaha – Douglas County Voters’ Guide and Statewide General Election
- Heartland Workers Center
- Voices for Children in Nebraska
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There are three ways you can vote early:
- Request an early ballot in the mail by October 26, fill it out and mail your ballot back to the Douglas County Election Commission (225 N. 115th Street, Omaha, NE 68154). Early ballots must be received by the Douglas County Election Commission by Election Day (November 6, 2018). Recommended to mail no later than November 2, 2018.
- Request an early ballot in the mail, fill it out and drop off your ballot at one of several drop boxes around Omaha by 8:00 pm on Election Day (November 6, 2018).
- Vote early in person at the Douglas County Election Commission (225 N. 115th Street, Omaha). In person voting begins:
- Tuesday, October 9 through November 5 (Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm); or
- Saturday, November 3 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
If you want to vote early and have a ballot mailed to your home, you have to request an early voting ballot in writing. The Douglas County Early Voting Application is available online in English and Spanish.
- Step 1: Download the early voting application.
- Step 2: Fill out the early voting application.
- Note: there is a red box at the top of the early voting application – if you check this box, you will be placed on a list to automatically receive a postcard from the Douglas County Election Commission before every election, which will give you the option to request an early ballot be mailed to your home.
- Step 3: Return the early voting application to the Douglas County Election Commission in one of three ways:
- Scan the application and email to EarlyVoting@VoteDouglasCounty.com; or
- Fax the form to 402.444.4181; or
- Mail the form to Douglas County Election Commission (225 N. 115th Street, Omaha, NE 68154)
Deadline to request early voting application is October 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm. Email, fax or drop off your early voting application at Douglas County Election Commission (225 N. 115th Street, Omaha). If you plan to mail your application, we suggest putting the application in the mail no later than October 19.
If you have questions about voting early or requesting an early voting ballot, you can call the Douglas County Election Commission at 402.444.VOTE (8683).
The Douglas County Election Commission will begin to mail out early ballots on October 1. If you send your early voting application after October 1, the Douglas County Election Commission will get your ballot in the mail within 3 to 5 business days.
Note: If you request an early ballot but instead decide to vote in person on election day, your vote will be counted “provisionally.” This means that extra steps will be taken to verify your voting registration information before your vote is counted.
Return your early ballot at a secure drop box or in the mail.
- Drop Boxes. The Douglas County Election Commission has drop box locations to return early voting ballots, if you don’t want to use the mail. The drop boxes will accept ballots until 8:00 pm on Election Day (November 6, 2018). Find drop box locations.
- By Mail. A return envelope is included with the early voting ballot. Voters must sign the back of the return envelope in order for the vote to be counted. Return envelopes, if mailed, must have $0.50 in postage on the envelope. Recommended to mail no later than November 2, 2018.
Election Day Information
If you want to vote in-person on Election Day (November 6, 2018), find your polling location now. Or, call the Douglas County Election Commission at 402.444.VOTE (8683).
- Do your homework–find out who and what will be on your ballot.
- Review nonpartisan information about the candidates and ballot questions.
Polls will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Election Day (November 6, 2018).
Voting is easy. Once you arrive at your polling place:
- Find the sign-in table. You will see a group of poll workers sitting at a table. Approach them and tell them your name and address. You will need to sign your name as proof that you voted.
- Receive your ballot. The poll workers will give you a ballot in a plastic privacy sleeve. Take it to a nearby voting booth.
- Vote. Make sure you follow the instructions on the ballot. If you have questions about how to mark your ballot properly, ask a poll worker. If you make a mistake and need a new ballot, write “VOID” across your ballot, fold it in half, and return it to the poll workers. They will give you a new ballot.
- Return your ballot. Place your voted ballot in the privacy sleeve and return it to the poll workers. They will place it in the ballot box for you.
- Wear your “I Voted” sticker proudly!
Information adapted from the Heartland Workers Center.
It is part of the mission of the Women’s Fund of Omaha to support initiatives that improve the lives of metropolitan area women and girls. We work to support the development of women as leaders in our community, and we are intentional about creating a community that builds safe and affirming spaces to empower women of all identities. Efforts to encourage the civic engagement of women in our community is simply an extension of our mission, priorities and values. When women are empowered to have a greater voice in the electoral process, they can mobilize to build a community where every women and girl has the opportunity to reach her full potential.
The Women’s Fund of Omaha is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization and does not engage in any activities in support or opposition of any specific candidates or political parties or any activities that are intended to influence the outcome of a candidate election.