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How to Vote in Nebraska and Iowa

Sep 24, 2020 04:07PM ● By T S
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Many states have changed their voting rules and deadlines because of the coronavirus. Here’s how to cast your ballot, safely and on time. And remember, the dates listed below are the last possible opportunities to register and vote. If you can, vote early. You’ll be doing your part to help the whole system run more smoothly.

NEBRASKA

1. Register

Deadline to register online is Friday, Oct. 16.
If you miss it, you can register in person at your local county election office through Friday, Oct. 23. Register online 
here.

2. Confirm

Make sure you’ve successfully registered to vote in this election. 
Check your registration status here

3. Vote

In-Person Voting
Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
You do not need to bring ID. (ID rules may vary for absentee ballots and first-time voters.) 
Find your polling place here


Vote-by-Mail/Absentee 

You can vote by mail for any reason. (Nebraska is a “no-excuse” state.) Your ballot request must be received by 6 p.m. local time, Friday, Oct. 23, and your completed ballot must be received no later than 8 p.m. CT, Tuesday, Nov. 3.
(The U.S. Postal Service recommends mailing ballots at least a week before Election Day. If you wait until the deadline, it may be too late in some states.)


You can hand-deliver your ballot to your 
county election office no later than 8 p.m. CT, Tuesday, Nov. 3

Apply for an absentee ballot here.

Early Voting

Polls are open from Monday, Oct. 5, through Monday, Nov. 2, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. Vote at your county election office

Track your Nebraska ballot here.

IOWA

1. Register 

Deadline to register online is Saturday, Oct. 24.
If you miss it, you can register in person during early voting or on Election Day. Register online 
here

2. Confirm

Make sure you’ve successfully registered to vote in this election.
Check your registration status 
here

3. Vote

In-Person Voting Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3
You need to bring 
ID. If you don’t, you can request a provisional ballot. (ID rules may vary for absentee ballots and first-time voters.) 

Find your polling place here

Vote-by-Mail/Absentee
You can vote by mail for 
any reason. Your ballot request must be received by 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24 and your completed ballot must be postmarked no later than Monday, Nov. 2 and received no later than 12 p.m., Monday, Nov. 9
(The U.S. Postal Service recommends mailing ballots at least a week before Election Day. If you wait until the deadline, it may be too late in some states.)

You can hand-deliver your ballot to your county auditor’s office no later than 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3. 

After you vote, you may be notified if there is a problem with your ballot. You can track your ballot’s status here

Apply for an absentee ballot here

Early Voting
Depending on the county, in-person absentee voting is open from Monday, Oct. 5, through Monday, Nov. 2. Vote at your 
county auditor's office.

Track your Iowa ballot here