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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Where is the Election Commissioner located?
    • 601 North 46th Street, Lincoln, NE 68503-3720   Map
  2. Is the Election Commissioner elected or appointed?
    • The Election Commissioner is appointed by the Governor. The Governor appoints Election Commissioners for a four-year term in counties with a population larger than 100,000. Currently, David J. Shively serves as Lancaster County Election Commissioner. His current term ends on September 6, 2019.
  3. What qualifications are there for a person to vote in any election?
    • 18 years of age or older on General Election Day (first Tuesday, after first Monday in November).
    • A citizen of the United States.
    • A resident of Nebraska.
    • Not convicted of a felony, or if convicted, it has been at least two years since the completion of the sentence for the felony including any parole term.
    • Not to have been found mentally incompetent.
    • For more information about registering to vote please click here.
  4. Does a person have to go to a voting place in order to cast a vote during any election?
  5. What should I do if I have moved since the last election?
    • Residents may register to vote in person at the Election Commissioner's Office, by mail or online. Voters changing address, name or party affiliation must re-register. For more information click here.
  6. How do I change my political party affliation?
    • By completing a new voter registration application and selecting your new party affliation. This can be done by mail or in person at the Election Office. For more information click here.
  7. How can a person find out when the next election will be held?
    • By calling the Election Office or checking out the election Calendar OnLine.
  8. How can a person find out which offices will be open during the next election?
  9. How can a person file as a candidate for an office during any upcoming election?
    • Candidate filing for local office will file at the Lancaster County Election Commissioner's Office, 601 North 46th Street, Lincoln, NE. For State offices candidates file with the Election Division of the Nebraska Secretary of State, 1221 N Street, Suite 103, Lincoln, NE.

If you have any additional questions please contact us at (402) 441-7311 or e-mail us at dshively@lancaster.ne.gov


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