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The complete research by Election Law @ Moritz for Nebraska can be found below.

Institutional Arrangements

State Chief Election Authorities

Elected individual (R)

Chief election authority: Secretary of State. § 32-201 et seq.

Method of selection: Elected. Const. Art. IV, § 1.

Current officer: John A. Gale (R). 2006 Nebraska Election Results (Last updated 1/1/08)

State High Court Composition

Unknown affiliation/appointed

Method of selection: Gubernatorial appointment with subsequent retention election. Const. Art. V., § 21.

Justices: Michael McCormack (appointed by D), John Gerrard (D), Kenneth Stephan (appointed by D), Lindsey Miller-Lerman (appointed by D), John Wright (appointed by D), Michael Heavican (R), William Connolly (appointed by D) (Last updated 12/22/07)


Voter Registration

EL@M did not research this topic for Nebraska


EL@M did not research this topic for Nebraska

Provisional Ballots

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Early and Absentee Voting

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Voting Technology

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Polling Place Operations

Polling place closing times - local times

8:00 PM local time

Polling place closing times - by Eastern time zone

10:00 PM Eastern time

Ballot Security

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Emergency Preparedness

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Post-Election Processes

What Court Would Hear a Presidential Contest?

Unclear what court would have jurisdiction

Nebraska authorizes election contests generally. Neb.Rev.St. § 32-1102. Contests are generally held in district (trial) courts, but the code does not state where Presidential contests would be held. See Neb.Rev.St. § 32-1102; 32-1109. District judges are appointed by the governor from candidates selected from a judicial nominating commission. Neb. Const. Art. V, § 21. After an initial three year term, the district judges are subject to retention elections. Id. 

Who Performs Presidential recounts?


Recounts are conducted by the county canvassing board. 32-1114; 32-1119. The county canvassing board is the local election authority and a minimum of two registered voters appointed by the election authority. 32-1028. The appointees must be “balanced between the political parties and may include registered voters unaffiliated with any political party.” 32-1028. By local option, the local election authority may be a county clerk or an election commissioner. 32-211. In counties of more than 100,000, it must be an election commissioner. Id. County clerks are elected. 23-1301. Election commissioners are appointed by the governor. 32-207.