Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale says you have to make the request by application to your county election office.
“They just can’t send a note in the mail or send a quick email,” Gale tells Nebraska Radio Network. “They do have to provide some fairly specific information on what is called Nebraska Early Voting Ballot Application, which does require the printed name and the signature of the person who is making the request.”
Gale says early voting is becoming more popular.
Nineteen percent of ballots were cast early in the Primary and he expects about 25 percent for the General Election.
“It may be there are more elderly that do that, maybe more of those who don’t have their own personal transportation. Those may be in the disabled community who like that convenience, but I’d say it’s all across the board. People just like that convenience,” Gale says.
Gale says making an early voting request now means you should receive your ballot before the end of September.
Civilians and military service members who are overseas automatically get an early voting ballot.
“They are governed by federal law and once we have received notification of their overseas status, then they are entitled to receive a ballot September 23,” Gale says. “So they don’t all have to follow the same form that we’re talking about for the general citizen.”
Registered voters can make requests until 4 p.m. the Wednesday preceding an election for early voting ballots to be mailed. Those must be returned to the county election office before polls close on Election Day.
The day before the election is the deadline for in-person early voting at county election offices.