Nebraska Governor

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Next Election

May 14, 2022

Filing Window

Dec 01, 2021 - Mar 01, 2022


The Governor of the State of Nebraska is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Nebraska. The governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms with at least one term intervening before the same individual may seek the office again. The governor is the commander-in-chief of the state military forces in the state of Nebraska. The governor is the chief budget officer and must present the state legislature with a complete budget for all expenditures used in running the state’s regular business. The governor is the chairperson of the Board of State Canvassers and the Board of Pardons. The governor is a member of the State Records Board, Nebraska Capitol Commission, Education Commission of the States, State Board of Health, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and other groups as provided by law. Other duties and privileges of the office include: Giving information by message to the Legislature; Giving accounts of all money received and spent; Appointing certain officers as required by the constitution and statutes and filling vacancies in state offices * Signing or vetoing bills passed by the Legislature; Calling elections to fill vacancies for members of the U.S. Congress; Certifying notaries; Issuing requisitions for the return of accused persons to Nebraska and other states and countries; Enforcing criminal laws; Convening special sessions of the legislature; Using the "Great Seal of the State of Nebraska". The salary for this position is $105,000/year.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the Nebraska Secretary of State Elections Division to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the required filing forms. 2) Complete the required filing forms and submit the filing forms to the Nebraska Secretary of State Elections Division. The required forms include a “Candidate Filing Form,” a filing fee and campaign finance and accountability forms. State Senate candidates are by law nonpartisan, therefore all candidates running for a State Senate position are considered nonpartisan candidates regardless of their party affiliation. For U.S. House of representative positions, independent candidates must acquire a stipulated amount of petition signatures. 3) For State Senate and partisan U.S. House of Representative candidates, filing forms for non-incumbent candidates are due March 1st of the election year (if March 1st falls on a weekend, the deadline will be the following business day). Independent U.S. House of Representative candidates must file their petitions with the Nebraska Secretary of State Elections Division by September 1st of the election year. State Senate and partisan U.S. House of Representative candidates will participate in the May primary which is held the second Tuesday after the first Monday in May. If you have any questions or concerns you are encouraged to contact the Nebraska Secretary of State Elections Division at (402) 471-2555 or visit the Nebraska Secretary of State Elections Division website:

Submit application to:
Nebraska Secretary of State, P.O. Box 94608, Lincoln, NE, 68509, US