First early fall ballots by mail get sent out this week in Nebraska

By: - October 3, 2022 3:00 am

A Lancaster County voter returns her request card for an early voting ballot. (Aaron Sanderford/Nebraska Examiner)

OMAHA — Nebraskans who requested an early ballot by mail for the November general election should start checking their mailboxes this week, as the first ballots go out Monday.

People who prefer to vote in person can start next week, with county election offices starting in-person early voting as early as Tuesday Oct. 11, officials said.

The Douglas County Election Commission, for instance, is sending out 75,000 early ballots Monday. The Sarpy County Election Commission is sending out 3,053 early ballots. People can request early ballots by mail until the close of business Oct. 28.

They’re doing in-person voting on weekdays starting Tuesday at the Election Commission Office, 12220 West Center Road, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. They’ll also be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on two Saturdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5.

Oct. 28 is the last day to register in-person to vote for this election. People who prefer to mail in their voter registration must get their forms postmarked no later than Oct. 21, officials said.

The same is true of motor voter registrations. Early ballots must be received by a person’s local county election office by the close of in-person voting on Election Day, Nov. 8.

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Aaron Sanderford
Aaron Sanderford

Political reporter Aaron Sanderford has tackled various news roles in his 20-plus year career. He has reported on politics, crime, courts, government and business for the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star. He also spent several years as an assignment editor and worked two stints as an editorial writer. From 2005 to 2007, he served as communications director for then-Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman. Aaron most recently was the lead investigative reporter for KMTV 3 in Omaha, focusing on holding public officials accountable. His work has received awards from the Associated Press, Great Plains Journalism and more.