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Buffalo County
    
Voter Registration
Voter Registration


Nebraska VoterCheck Website
Click the above link to access your polling place address and party affiliation if you are already registered


Is registration required in Nebraska to be eligible to vote?

Yes, the only exception is during Presidential elections. If you have recently moved to Nebraska or moved to another state after the registration deadline, then you may only vote a Presidential ballot.

Who may register to vote?

Anyone who meets the following criteria:

  • Will be 18 years of age or older on General Election Day (first Tuesday after the first Monday in November)
  • Is a United States Citizen
  • Is a resident of Nebraska
  • Has not been convicted of a felony or if convicted, civil rights have been restored
  • Have not been found mentally incompetent

Voter Registration Form

i.

Open/Download Voter Registration Form (link below).

ii.

Complete the form on your computer and print it or print the form and fill by hand

iii

Sign the form and mail to:
Election Commissioner
P.O. Box 1270
Kearney, NE 68848

Voter Registration Form (English)
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Voter Registration Form (Spanish)
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For national election forms, additional languages, or other information, see the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.


How may I register?

You may register at the Election Commission from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may also download the form and send it by mail if you have access to a printer (see instructions on the right). Several government offices have registration forms available and the following is a list of registration sites throughout the county:

Amherst Belschner Locker
Elm Creek Village Clerk
Gibbon City Clerk
Pleasanton Pleasanton State Bank
Ravenna City Clerk
Shelton Village Clerk
Riverdale Riverdale State Bank


What is the registration deadline?

Mail-in registration must be postmarked on or before the third Friday before an election. You may register in person at the Election Commission by the second Friday prior to an election.


Do I have to be a resident for a certain time period?

No, you may register the same day you become a resident of Buffalo County.


How is residence determined?

Residence shall mean:

  1. That place in which a person is actually domiciled, which is the residence of an individual or family, with which a person has a settled connection for the determination of his or her civil status or other legal purposes because it is actually or legally his or her permanent and principal home, and to which, whenever he or she is absent, has the intention of returning.
  2. The place where a person has his or her family domiciled even if he or she does business in another place.
  3. If a person is homeless, the county in which the person is living.
No person serving in the armed forces of the United States shall be deemed to have a residence in Nebraska because of being stationed in Nebraska. Those serving in the military or attending college in another area other than Buffalo County do not need to change their registration. However, any permanent change in your residence or address will require you to re-register to vote in that location.


May a student register and vote from a school address?

Yes, you may decide to register and vote from either your school or home address. If you want to vote from your home address, write your county election commissioner or clerk and ask them to mail a voter registration form and an absentee ballot. (See Absentee Ballot information)


Must I designate a party affiliation on my registration?

Yes. Nebraska has a "closed primary" which means that you are only allowed to vote the ballot for the party you designated on your voter registration. Currently Nebraska has Republican, Democrat, Libertarian and Non-partisan. If you are registered as one of the above parties, you would receive the party ballot along with the non-partisan ballot. You may indicate that you wish to be Non Partisan, but in that event, you would only receive the non-political ballot and (if you request) a congressional and senatorial partisan ballot. You may change your party affiliation anytime before the registration deadline.


Do I ever have to re-register?

You must re-register whenever you change your name, your address or political party affiliation.


Will I receive notice that my mail-in registration has been accepted and processed?

Yes, if you completed the form correctly and mailed it by the deadline (third Friday prior to an election). If you do not receive notification within 10 days that your registration has been accepted, call the Election Office. You are not a registered voter until you receive confirmation.