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Primary Elections State By State



Open Primares Research:

New York, NY- September 30, 2015 – Open Primaries released a new report examining the results of Nebraska’s adoption of a single, nonpartisan primary election system. 

The Myth of the Red State: Policy Over Party in the Nebraska State Capitol demonstrates that while Congress and many state legislatures have fallen prey to partisanship and dysfunction, the Nebraska political system is working.  




  • State legislature primaries: nonpartisan, Top Two
  • Democratic state and local primaries: closed
  • Republican state and local primaries: closed
  • Democratic congressional primaries: open
  • Republican congressional primaries: open
  • Democratic Presidential primary: mixed
  • Republican Presidential primary: mixed


Primary Type Definitions



  • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party, however, affiliation with a party is required to vote in certain primary elections.
  • 22% of voters in Nebraska are registered as nonpartisan.


Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

  • Nebraska has a nonpartisan, unicameral state legislature, so elections for state legislator use a nonpartisan, Top Two system.
  • Voters must register with a party to participate in partisan state and local races (eg, Governor, City Council, etc.)
  • Voters do not need to be registered with a party to vote in congressional party primaries.

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commented 2020-03-05 02:41:26 -0500 · Flag
For the 2020 election, Nebraska’s Democratic Presidential Primary is open to independents as well.
published this page in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-10 16:30:16 -0400