Secretary of State explains pandemic polling place conduct ahead of Election Day
Secretary of State Bob Evnen is outlining what to expect at the polls for the primary election Tuesday, Nov. 3, General Election. Polls will be open Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time (CDT) and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain Time (MDT).
Check your voter registration and polling place. You can check the status of your voter registration and location of your polling place by contacting your county election office or logging onto https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/ If you voted early by mail, or have to complete a provisional ballot on Election Day, you can go to the same website to check the status of you ballot.
Change of address. If you have moved within your county, but have not updated your voter registration, you can still vote. You will need to go to your new precinct, in order to obtain a provisional ballot. To identify the polling place for your current address, go to https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/
Be Prepared. Before going to the polls; make an effort to become informed about the candidates and issues on the ballot. Sample ballots are printed in the newspapers and posted on county websites.
Campaigning prohibited. Campaign items such as buttons, stickers and T-shirts are not allowed in a polling place. It is illegal to campaign within 200 feet of a polling site. Campaign signs can be installed on private property within 200 feet of a polling site, provided that the property does not include where the polling place is located.
Conduct at the Polls. To maintain proper decorum at the polls, it is requested that you turn off your cell phones, and other electronic devices. Phone conversations or loud bell tones can be distracting to others. Ballot selfies are allowing in polling places; however, photos should only be taken of your own ballot and not someone else’s.
Masks with be available for voters if you do not have one.
Black pens to mark your ballot will be given to you to keep
Voting booths will be wiped down after each voter is finished voting
Maintain proper distance of 6 feet away from others
Respect your poll workers
Be patient, many poll workers are new this year
Be sure to thank your poll worker for their service
Special accommodations and assistance. If you require special assistance to vote at your polling site, let the poll worker know. Curbside help is available for those who have difficulty walking or utilize assistive devices. Ballot marketing devices are available for use with specially designed machines. Those features can also help those with hearing or vision difficulties. Be sure to let a poll worker know what accommodations you might need.
Provisional Ballots. If you happen to lose a ballot, spoil it or have not received your early ballot by Election Day, you can still vote with a provisional ballot at your polling place. That ballot will be counted once it is confirmed that no other ballots have been cast for you.
Unofficial results for statewide races will be posted and refreshed starting at 8 p.m.(CST) and 7 p.m. (MST) on the Secretary of State website https://sos.nebraska.gov/