Friday, May 1 at 6 p.m. is the deadline to register to vote as well as the deadline to request an early voting ballot to be mailed for the 2020 Statewide Presidential Primary Election.
Voter Registration Deadline
Michelle Andahl, Sarpy County Election Commissioner, wants voters to know that Sarpy County residents can still register to vote this week if they wish to vote in the May 12 Primary Election.
Voters can complete a Voter Registration Application by downloading one from our website, www.sarpy.com/election, or by coming to the Election Office to pick up a printed paper application provided in plastic pockets at the entrance to our office. The completed applications must be inserted into one of the four drop boxes located around Sarpy County by 6 p.m. on May 1.
Completing a paper form and delivering it to an Election Commission office drop box is the only option for voters to register for the first time, re-register at a new address, change political party affiliation, or make any other changes to their registrations for the May 12 Primary Election.
Following the executive order signed by the Nebraska Governor and Secretary of State on April 7, the Election Office is closed to the public with the exception of voters with disabilities who need assistance in marking their ballots.
Requesting an Early Voting Ballot to be Mailed
The deadline to request an early voting ballot to be mailed is also 6 p.m. on May 1.
An application for an early voting ballot can be printed from the Sarpy County Election Commission website, www.sarpy.com/election. Voters can also send a written request for an early voting ballot. The request should include the election, their name, date of birth, phone number and/or email address, registered address, address where they want the ballot mailed and their signature. Requests can be mailed or delivered to the Election Commission office at 501 Olson Drive, Papillion, NE 68046; faxed to (402) 593-5770; deposited in an official ballot drop box; or a clear picture or scan of the completed form can be emailed to [email protected]. Early voting ballots may not be requested by telephone or social media.
It is important to note that there will be no in-office early voting. If voters have not requested a mail ballot by the May 1 deadline, they will have to vote at their polling site on Election Day (May 12).
“We strongly suggest voters consider the early voting by mail option for this election. It is quick, easy, and an important factor in maintaining health orders in place at this time,” said Commissioner Andahl.
Returning Early Voting Ballots
All early voting ballots must be received by the Sarpy County Election Commission, either at its office or at one of the drop box locations, by 8 p.m. on May 12.
Ballot drop box locations:
- Sarpy County Courthouse Campus – 1248 Golden Gate Dr, Papillion
- Sarpy County Election Commission – 501 Olson Drive, Papillion
- Bellevue Public Library – 1003 Lincoln Road, Bellevue
- McKinney’s Food Center – 215 Enterprise Drive, Gretna
Sarpy residents should call (402) 593-2167 with any questions related to early voting or voter registration.