VOTE: Election 2020
Nebraska
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8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Central Time; 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Mountain Time


ID Requirements
Identification is not required in most cases.

A first-time voter who registered by mail and did not provide identification will be asked for an ID on election day.

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Can I vote by mail in Nebraska?
Any voter can request a Vote by Mail ballot, no excuse required

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What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
Your request must be received by October 23th.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be received by your local election office by 8 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Early voting
Oct. 5

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Biography

Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

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U.S. Senate Nebraska

Biography

Ben Sasse (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Nebraska. He assumed office on January 6, 2015. His current term ends on January 3, 2021.

Sasse (Republican Party) is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Nebraska. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Republican primary on May 12, 2020.

Sasse was part of a group of Republican members of Congress who said they would not endorse or vote for Donald Trump. On February 28, 2016, Sasse said, "If Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee, my expectation is that I will look for some third candidate – a conservative option, a Constitutionalist." See more below.

Sasse is the author of two books—The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance (2017) and Them: Why We Hate Each Other--and How to Heal (2018).

Before being elected to the Senate, Sasse served as president of Midland University in Nebraska. He also worked as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Sevices, and as a business consultant.

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Biography

Chris Janicek (Democratic Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Nebraska. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Democratic primary on May 12, 2020.

Janicek was a 2018 Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from Nebraska. He lost the primary on May 15, 2018.

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Biography

Gene Siadek (Libertarian Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Nebraska. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Libertarian Party primary on May 12, 2020.

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Initiatives

Nebraska Amendment 1
Remove Slavery as Punishment for Crime from Constitution Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports removing language from the Nebraska Constitution that allows the use of slavery and involuntary servitude as criminal punishments.

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A "no" vote opposes this ballot measure, thus keeping language in the state constitution that allows the use of slavery and involuntary servitude as criminal punishments.

Nebraska Amendment 2
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Repayment Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports this constitutional amendment to increase the repayment period for tax increment financing from 15 to 20 years for areas where more than one-half of properties are designed as extremely blighted.

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A "no" vote opposes this constitutional amendment, thereby keeping the repayment period for tax increment financing at 15 years, including for areas where more than one-half of properties are designed as extremely blighted.

Nebraska Initiative 428
Payday Lender Interest Rate Cap Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports limiting the annual interest charged for delayed deposit services—also known as payday lending—to 36%.

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A "no" vote opposes this measure to limit the annual interest charged for delayed deposit services (payday lending) to 36%, thereby maintaining the existing state laws on payday lenders, including a prohibition on charging fees in excess of $15 per $100 loan and a $500 loan limit.

Nebraska Initiative 429
Authorize Laws for Gambling at Racetracks Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports amending the Nebraska Constitution to allow laws that authorize, regulate, and tax gambling at licensed racetrack facilities in the state. Together, Initiatives 429, 430, and 431 would allow, authorize and regulate, and tax gambling at licensed racetracks.

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A "no" vote opposes amending the Nebraska Constitution to allow laws that authorize, regulate, and tax gambling at licensed racetrack facilities in the state, thus maintaining the state's prohibition against gambling at racetracks.

Nebraska Initiative 430
Authorizing Gambling at Racetracks Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports enacting a law that authorizes gambling operations within licensed racetracks and establishes the Nebraska Gaming Commission to regulate gambling operations. Together, Initiatives 429, 430, and 431 would allow, authorize and regulate, and tax gambling at licensed racetracks.

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A "no" vote opposes enacting a law that authorizes gambling operations within licensed racetracks and establishes the Nebraska Gaming Commission to regulate gambling operations.

Nebraska Initiative 431
Tax on Gambling at Racetracks Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports imposing an annual tax of 20% on gross gambling revenue of licensed gaming operators; distributing 2.5% of tax revenue to the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund, 2.5% to the General Fund, 70% to the Property Tax Credit Cash Fund, and 25% to the counties where gambling is authorized at licensed racetracks. Together, Initiatives 429, 430, and 431 would allow, authorize and regulate, and tax gambling at licensed racetracks.

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A "no" vote opposes imposing an annual tax of 20% on gross gambling revenue of licensed gaming operators.