2022 NE Midterm Elections FAQ
Frequently-asked questions about the 2022 midterm Elections in Nebraska.
What elections occur in 2022?
Nebraska will hold two elections in 2022 – a primary election on May 10 and the general election on Nov. 8. Nebraskans ballots will include, but will not be limited to:
All three seats for the U.S. Representatives;
Secretary of State;
A number of seats in the nonpartisan Nebraska Legislature; and
Likely, a number of ballot initiatives (in November).
What is the CD-1 Special Election?
For voters in Congressional District 1, an additional, special election to fill its vacant U.S. House of Representatives seat will be held Tuesday, June 28.
The ballots for the special election will have only two names on them. The Nebraska Democratic Party and Nebraska Republican Party, respectively, will select one candidate each to represent their parties on this ballot. The parties have until April 22 to select their candidates.
Voters will be able to cast their ballots in person 30 days ahead of the special election date. Because that date falls on the Memorial Day holiday, the first day to cast early ballots would be Tuesday, May 31. Early mail-in ballots will be sent 15 days ahead of Special Election Day to those who request them. That would be Monday, June 13.
The special election will be the second of three votes cast for Nebraska’s next 1st Congressional District seat in 2022. The first will be in the May 10 primary (because of the timing, former Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s name will still appear on the May 10 ballot). Next will be the June 28 special election to fill the seat for the remainder of 2022. Finally, the Nov. 8 election will determine who fills the seat for the next Congressional term, which begins in January 2023.
See our Key Election Dates page for more information.
I’m an eligible Nebraska voter but am not registered. By what date(s) do I have to register, to vote in the May 10 statewide primary election?
There are two big deadlines for the May 10, 2022, primary. The first is April 22 by 11:59 pm CDT – that’s the online registration deadline for May 10. The second is 6 pm May 2, if you’re doing it in person. See our key election dates page for more information.
Don’t wait to get registered. You can do it online anytime right here.
I can’t remember if I’m registered to vote. Where can I check?
Go here to check — and then double-check. It takes 30 seconds.
I’m a college student and live in a different city than where I’m registered to vote. Am I required to vote in the city I go to school in, or the city where I am originally from?
As a student, you are not required to re-register at your college address if you wish not to. Temporary leaves from your home city do not require a change in voter registration. That said, it’s up to you! If you wish to re-register to vote in the city where you go to college, that’s your right and you can certainly do so.
Is “Nonpartisan” the same as “independent?”
Yes. Nonpartisan is the official terminology in Nebraska for voters who identify as independent when they opt out of registering under one of the three parties.
I’m a registered Nonpartisan. Can I vote in the primary election?
Yes, absolutely. Registered nonpartisans can vote for all nonpartisan offices, like the Nebraska 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 primary ballot includes offices for the nonpartisan offices in Nebraska and your local jurisdictions. These include the Nebraska Legislature, Board of Education, Board of Regents, Learning Community, Community College Board, Public Power District, Natural Resource District, and any local ballot initiatives that may be on ballots in May.
In past years, Nebraska’s registered Nonpartisans also have been able to request a Nonpartisan Republican, Nonpartisan Democratic, or Nonpartisan Libertarian ballot in the primary. The races and initiatives appearing on these primary ballots are determined in advance by each of the state parties. In past primaries, there has been variation between the parties regarding what those specific Nonpartisan ballots look like. We’ll update this area as soon as we confirm what the Nonpartisan version of each party’s ballot will look like.
I voted by mail in the last election. Do I have to request another early mail-in ballot for the spring elections?
Yes. If you wish to vote early by mail – and any registered voter in our state can do so for any reason – you must first fill out a request for that ballot. Requests for 2022 primary vote-by-mail ballots won’t be accepted until early 2022. Go to CivicNebraska.vote and we can help you obtain a request form in early 2022.
How soon can I request my early mail-in ballot for the primary?
The first day that voters are allowed submit early mail-in ballot requests to vote absentee in the May 10 primary is January 10, 2022. We can help you with this process.
When will the early 2022 mail-in ballots be sent out?
Election officials across the state have an April 4 deadline to have early mail-in ballots ready for delivery by U.S. Mail.
What will happen if I submit more than one request form to vote by mail?
Only your first request will be processed. Anything else will be discarded. Our election systems have guardrails against sending out multiple ballots to the same person – you can’t, for example, send in three requests for a mail-in ballot, and then get three ballots. If you send in three requests for a mail-in ballot, only the first one counts. You will only get one ballot.
What’s the difference between an “absentee ballot” and an “early mail-in ballot?”
Nothing. You may be hearing several different terms – absentee voting, early mail-in voting, vote-by-mail, vote-at-home, etc. This time-honored practice goes by many names, but it is all the same thing. And it’s proven, reliable, and secure.
Do I need to give election officials a reason to get an early mail-in ballot?”
No. Nebraska is a “no excuse” state, meaning we place no unnecessary burdens on showing why you want to request an early ballot.
I’m worried that my ballot will not get to election officials, or not get to them in time. What can I do to make sure it gets counted?”
First, know that voting by mail is extremely secure. If you want to be absolutely sure that your ballot is received as quickly as possible, you can always take it to one of your county’s official dropboxes at any time before 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can track the status of your ballot here
I want to vote early but I’d like to do it in person. Can I do that?
Absolutely. All Nebraska counties offer in-person early voting, usually starting a month before Election Day and going up to the Monday before the election. For the May 10 primary, early voting would begin on or around April 11. See our key dates page for more information.
Where do I go on Election Day to vote?
If you choose to vote in person in 2022, you can head to your polling station from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CDT.
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.
I have to work all day on Election Day. Is there any way I can get time off to vote?
Yes. Nebraska law allows workers time off to vote in certain circumstances. If you are scheduled to work the 12 hours when the polls are open, you can take up to two consecutive hours off to vote. If you apply for this time off before or even on Election Day, your employer can’t punish you or subtract wages on account of your absence. Under the law, your employer is also entitled to specify the hours when you can be gone from work to vote. Work in advance with your employer to ensure you are given time to get to the polls. It’s your right.
If I’m in line when the polls close but I have yet to vote, do I still get to vote?
Yes, yes — by all means, yes! Stay in line. As long as you are in line by 8 p.m., you must be allowed to vote.
I want to be an election observer on Election Day. How do I do that?
As the pre-eminent election protection organization in our state, Civic Nebraska will again train dozens of nonpartisan election observers for both the May primaries and the Nov. 8 general election. We’ll start offering trainings in April 2022. Contact our Voting Rights Initiatives team for more information.
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 402.890.5291, via email at email@example.com; or via Facebook or Twitter.
Do I have to show an ID on Election Day to vote?
No. Identification is not required to vote in Nebraska. 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 for any other reason, call Civic Nebraska’s Election Day hotline at 402.890.5291, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter.