2020 Election Deadlines

Courtesy of the Nebraska Civic Engagement Table, here are the upcoming 2020 primary and general election deadlines. Printable version: 2020 Election Deadlines.

Primary Election

Deadlines to Register to Vote

Mail-in, motor vehicle offices, state agencies, and online: April 24, 2020
In-person voter registration at County Election Offices: May 1, 2020 at 6 PM

Deadlines for Early Voting

Last Day to request Vote By Mail ballots: May 1, 2020
Last Day to Mail in Vote By Mail: May 8, 2020
Last Day to Turn in Vote By Mail at the Election Commissioner or Dropboxes: May 12, 2020 at 8 PM
Last Day to Vote in Person Early at the Election Commissioner for the Primary Election: May 11, 2020
Early Voting by Mail starts April 7
Early Voting in Person starts April 12  

Primary Election Day – May 12, 2020

General Election Deadlines

Deadlines to Register to Vote

Mail-in, motor vehicle offices, state agencies, and online: October 16, 2020
In-person voter registration at County Election Offices: October 20, 2020 at 6 PM

Deadlines for Early Voting

Last Day to request Vote By Mail ballots: October 23, 2020
Last Day to Mail in Vote By Mail: October 30, 2020
Last Day to Turn in Vote By Mail at the Election Commissioner or Dropboxes: November 3, 2020 at 8 PM CST
Last Day to Vote in Person Early at the Election Commissioner: November 2, 2020
Early Voting by Mail starts September 29, 2020
Early Voting in Person starts October 4, 2020

General Election Day – November 3, 2020

Become a Deputy Registrar to Register Voters in 2020!

Deputy registrars work as agents of the Election Commission to register voters throughout the county. In order to become an official deputy registrar, you must complete a training class conducted by the Election Commission. After completion, you will be certified by the Election Commission to conduct voter registration drives anywhere in Nebraska.

LWVGO volunteers who help to register voters must have a current (the training remains valid for three years) certification as a Nebraska Deputy Registrar. From the Douglas County website:

Deputy registrars work as agents of the Election Commission to register voters throughout the county. In order to become an official deputy registrar, you must complete a training class conducted by the Election Commission. After completion, you will be certified by the Election Commission to conduct voter registration drives anywhere in Nebraska.

In order to be an official deputy registrar, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a registered voter in the State of Nebraska (you may register to vote at the deputy registrar training session, if not already registered to vote in Nebraska).
  • Must sign up for the deputy registrar training session on or before the business day prior to the training date.
  • Must attend a deputy registrar training session conducted by the Election Commission.

The training sessions are 1 hour long and are free of charge. Please sign up for the class you’d like to attend in advance on the Douglas County Election Commission website.

See the table below for the dates, times and locations of the upcoming training sessions, and please feel free to get in touch with LWVGO and/or the Election Commission for more information.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 5:30 PM Douglas County Election Commission
12220 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE
Thursday, January 30, 2020 2:00 PM Criss Library, UNO Campus
6401 University Dr N, Omaha, NE
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:00 PM Douglas County Election Commission
12220 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:30 PM Douglas County Election Commission
12220 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 12:00 PM Douglas County Election Commission
12220 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 5:30 PM Douglas County Election Commission
12220 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:00 PM Douglas County Election Commission
12220 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 5:30 PM Douglas County Election Commission
12220 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:00 PM Douglas County Election Commission
12220 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 5:30 PM Douglas County Election Commission

12220 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE

You can also see all of the training events on our LWVGO events calendar!

Become a Deputy Registrar to Help Register Nebraska Voters: Training Sessions Happening on Sept. 24 & Oct. 15

Deputy registrars work as agents of the Election Commission to register voters throughout the county. In order to become an official deputy registrar, you must complete a training class conducted by the Election Commission. After completion, you will be certified by the Election Commission to conduct voter registration drives anywhere in Nebraska.

In order to be an official deputy registrar, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a registered voter in the State of Nebraska (you may register to vote at the deputy registrar training session, if not already registered to vote in Nebraska).
  • Must sign up for the deputy registrar training session on or before the business day prior to the training date.
  • Must attend a deputy registrar training session conducted by the Election Commission.

The training sessions are 1 hour long, free of charge and are being held:

  • 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Millard Branch Library, 13214 Westwood Ln.
  • 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W Dodge Rd

Sign up for one of the sessions on the Douglas County Election Commission website.

Next Voter Registrar Training Saturday June 29

The voter registrar training scheduled for June 11 is now full, but a new training session has opened up for enrollment. The next training session will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29 at the Jesuit Academy, 2311 N. 22nd St.

LWVGO volunteers who help to register voters must have a current (the training remains valid for three years) certification as a Nebraska Deputy Registrar. From the Douglas County website:

Deputy registrars work as agents of the Election Commission to register voters throughout the county. In order to become an official deputy registrar, you must complete a training class conducted by the Election Commission. After completion, you will be certified by the Election Commission to conduct voter registration drives anywhere in Nebraska.

The next deputy registrar training will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29 at the Jesuit Academy, 2311 N. 22nd St. To participate in this free training, you must register beforehand on the county website.

To be eligible to be a deputy registrar, you must:

  • Must be a registered voter in the State of Nebraska (you may register to vote at the deputy registrar training session, if not already registered to vote in Nebraska).
  • Must sign up for the deputy registrar training session on or before the business day prior to the training date.
  • Must attend a deputy registrar training session conducted by the Election Commission.

Again, this training is free and open to anyone eligible to vote in Nebraska. You must register on or before Monday, June 10 to be allowed in the class, and you can register at votedouglascounty.com.

Please note that the website does not send a confirmation message or email following your sign-up.

Please send any questions to the Election Commission at 402-444-VOTE (8683) or to LWVGO Voter Services at gotv@lwvgo.org.

Want to Register Voters? Become a Trained Deputy Registrar June 11

LWVGO volunteers who help to register voters must have a current (the training remains valid for three years) certification as a Nebraska Deputy Registrar. From the Douglas County website:

Deputy registrars work as agents of the Election Commission to register voters throughout the county. In order to become an official deputy registrar, you must complete a training class conducted by the Election Commission. After completion, you will be certified by the Election Commission to conduct voter registration drives anywhere in Nebraska.

The next deputy registrar training will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 at the Douglas County Election Commission Conference Room, 225 N. 115th St. To participate in this free training, you must register beforehand on the county website.

To be eligible to be a deputy registrar, you must:

  • Must be a registered voter in the State of Nebraska (you may register to vote at the deputy registrar training session, if not already registered to vote in Nebraska).
  • Must sign up for the deputy registrar training session on or before the business day prior to the training date.
  • Must attend a deputy registrar training session conducted by the Election Commission.

Again, this training is free and open to anyone eligible to vote in Nebraska. You must register on or before Monday, June 10 to be allowed in the class, and you can register at votedouglascounty.com.

Please send any questions to the Election Commission at 402-444-VOTE (8683) or to LWVGO Voter Services at gotv@lwvgo.org.

Recapping the 2018 Elections with the Douglas County Election Commission

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha, LWVGO member MaryLee Moulton interviews Douglas County Election Commission Director Brian Kruse and Deputy Director Chris Carithers about the recent election, how votes are counted, shifts to early vote by mail, and other election topics.  

Go Vote Omaha! is our locally produced informational television program. Watch Go Vote Omaha at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights on Cox channel 22 or CenturyLink channel 89 or anytime on YouTube. You can also listen to these episodes as podcasts on Podbean.

LWVGO’s 2018 Get Out the Vote Accomplishments

LWVGO’s 243 Get Out the Vote volunteers accomplished a great deal in 2018. Volunteers devoted more than 2,500 hours to making democracy work by registering voters, answering questions about voting and hosting candidate forums to give voters more opportunity to make informed decisions.

LWVGO’s nonpartisan voter registrars registered more than 1,200 new voters, getting many high schoolers, college students, new citizens and Douglas County community members engaged in voting for the first time.

We published 8,400 voters’ guides, sent nearly 1,500 voter-engagement postcards and published 29 candidates and issue forums.

We thank all our volunteers, voters and community partners for excellent work throughout 2018 and look forward to continuing our work in 2019 and beyond!

View the full annual report below.

Why Don’t More Americans Vote?

WNYC Studios’ The Takeaway published a worthwhile listen—Why Don’t More Americans Vote?

This 45-minute podcast takes a comprehensive look at increasing voter turnout, from face-to-face contact, start voting habits young and policies like Election Day Registration.

Listen via WNYC Studios’ website at wnycstudios.org/story/why-dont-more-americans-vote.

Volunteer with Heartland Workers Center: Voter-Registration Canvassing Happening Now

Heartland Workers Center is organizing nonpartisan, voter-registration-driven, door-to-door canvassing ahead of the November election. They are looking for volunteers and welcoming volunteers from LWVGO and other organizations.

The Center provides training sessions on Wednesday evenings and asks that all volunteers go through the training before canvassing. Once trained, volunteers are paired up and then given all materials necessary to canvass North and South Omaha as well as Bellevue. Volunteer shifts take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information, including where to go for training and canvassing, contact Lucia Pedroza-Estrada, Senior Organizer, at lucia@heartlandworkerscenter.org or (402) 933-6095.