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Early Voting

Registered voters can request that an Early Voting ballot be mailed directly to them prior to each election, or they can visit the Election Commission and vote early in person. They can also have someone pick up a ballot for them prior to the election.

The deadline has passed to accept requests for Early Voting Ballots to be mailed. There are no Early Voting Ballot Applications available at this time.

Learn more about early voting by reading the information below.

Drop Box Locations

The Douglas County Election Commission has established four additional drop box locations to give voters an opportunity to return their early voting ballots without having to use the mail (there is also a drop box located outside the Election Commission office). These drop boxes are available during the period of early voting (35 days prior to each state-wide primary and general election and 15 days prior to a special election). The drop boxes will accept early voting ballots up until the close of polls on election day (8:00 p.m.).

The drop boxes are located at:

  • Douglas County Election Commission
    Located: Next to Front Door of Building
    225 N 115 Street, Omaha
  • Charles B. Washington Branch Library
    Located: Southwest Corner of Building
    2868 Ames Avenue, Omaha
  • South Omaha Library
    Located: Southwest Corner of Building
    2808 Q Street, Omaha
  • Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch Library
    Located: Northwest Corner of Building
    2100 Reading Plaza, Elkhorn
  • Millard Public Schools Foundation
    Located: Northwest Corner of Building
    5225 South 159th Avenue, Omaha

View map of all drop box locations

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Qualifications for Requesting an Early Voting Ballot

Any Douglas County voter who was registered prior to the voter registration deadline is eligible to request an early voting ballot, either by mail, in person, or by agent.

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Requesting By Mail

Voters can have a ballot sent directly to them in the mail, either to their home address or to another address if they are away from home. Voters should send an Early Voting Ballot Application to the Election Commission requesting a ballot be mailed to them.

Requirements:

  • The application must be sent via fax or mail. We cannot take early voting ballot requests over the phone or by email.
  • A voter can print an Early Voting Ballot Application or send us a request with the following information.
  • Name of Election (e.g. 2010 General Election)
  • Voter’s Name
  • Voter’s Home (Registered) Address
  • Address where ballot should be mailed, if different from voter’s home address
  • Voter’s Date of Birth
  • Voter’s Phone Number
  • Voter’s Email Address
  • Voter’s Political Party (for Primary Elections)
  • Voter’s Signature or the signature of the person acting as an agent
  • All requests must be received by 4:00 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to each election.

Applications can be mailed or faxed to the Election Commission.

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Voting In Person

  • All in-person early voting takes place at the Election Commission.
  • The voter can vote his or her ballot at the Election Commission, or the voter can take his or her ballot home as long as the ballot is returned to the Election Commission or a drop box location before 8:00 p.m. on election day.
  • In-person early voting takes place 30 days prior to a statewide election and fifteen days prior to all other elections (e.g. City of Omaha Elections, School Bond Elections, Levy Override Elections, etc.).
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Requesting By Agent

  • An agent is a person acting on behalf of a registered voter.
  • An agent can request an early voting ballot to be mailed to a voter or can pick up an early voting ballot for a voter.
  • An agent can only be an agent for two voters each election (requesting a ballot for yourself is not considered acting as an agent).
  • An agent does not have to be a registered voter, but he or she must be able to provide the name, registered address, and date of birth of the voter.
  • If an agent is picking up an early voting ballot for a voter, the agent has until 7:00 p.m. on election day to come to the Election Commission to pick up a ballot.
  • All ballots must be returned to the Election Commission or a drop box location before 8:00 p.m. on election day.
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Military / Overseas

Nebraska residents currently living outside of the United States can register to vote and apply for early voting ballots at the same time by filling out a Federal Post Card Application from the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.

This application for early voting ballots would apply for all elections within the current calendar year. Applications should be sent to the Election Commission as soon as possible each year. Military and Overseas ballots will be mailed at least 45 days prior to each statewide election.

Voter Registration Applications cannot be accepted later than the third Friday before the election in question in order to vote in that election (if the voter registration application is sent by mail). (Nebraska Statutes § 32-939)

To learn more, you can visit the Secretary of State's military and overseas website.

Eligible voters include:

  • Members of the armed forces of the United States or the United States Merchant Marine, and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Citizens temporarily residing outside of the United States
  • Overseas citizens
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Hospitals

  • Anyone who is a registered voter in Douglas County and is a patient in a Douglas County hospital on election day is eligible to have his or her ballot delivered to the hospital by an Election Commission representative.
  • The patient, or an agent acting on the patient's behalf, must complete an Early Voting Ballot Application, which can be obtained from a hospital staff member.
  • All patient applications must be received by the Election Commission by 5:00 p.m. the day before the election.
  • If a patient needs assistance marking or reading his or her ballot, a Voter Assistance Oath must be completed and returned with the ballot.
  • Ballots must be returned to the Election Commission or a drop box location by 8:00 p.m. on election day.
  • Hospital staff assist patients in completing the requests and ensure the ballots are returned to the Election Commission by the deadline.
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Nursing Homes / Assisted Living Facilities

In order to assist residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, the Douglas County Election Commission arranges for ballots to be mailed directly to the residents of these facilities.

  • The resident wishing to vote, or an agent acting on the resident’s behalf, must complete an Early Voting Ballot Application prior to the voter registration deadline for that election.
  • If a resident wishes to vote and is not listed as an active resident of the nursing home or assisted living facility, then he or she must also complete a Nebraska Voter Registration Application.
  • All completed Early Voting Ballot Applications must be faxed, mailed, or delivered to the Douglas County Election Commission no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before election day.
  • If a resident needs assistance marking or reading his or her ballot, a Voter Assistance Oath must be completed and returned with the ballot.
  • Upon completion, the ballots must be returned in their respective envelopes to the Election Commission by mail or in person.
  • Ballots must be returned to the Election Commission or a drop box location by 8:00 p.m. on election day.

There are a number of deadlines related to voter registration and early voting. Please review them carefully so that residents have the opportunity to vote each election.

All Nebraska Voter Registration Applications must be received by the voter registration deadline in order for a resident to vote in the upcoming election.

Please note that Early Voting Ballot Applications may be faxed or mailed to the Election Commission; however, all Nebraska Voter Registration Applications must be mailed to the Election Commission or delivered in person. We are unable to accept any faxed voter registration applications.

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Douglas County Election Commission  •  225 North 115th Street, Omaha 68154  •  Phone (402) 444 - VOTE (8683)  •  Fax (402) 444 - 4181
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