Election Commissioner

Office Hours

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday





Mailing Address

PO Box 159
Pender, NE 68047


106 5th St
Pender, NE 68047


Voter Registration Application

Absentee Request Form

Election Information

Local Election Results

Patty Bessmer

Register of Deeds
Election Commissioner

Notice of Election - PR 24

Sample Ballots - PR24

Attention voters: Not all races appear on all ballots.

Register to Vote!

You can register by mail using the link labeled Voter Forms on the left side of this page.  You’ll simply download a Voter Registration form, fill it out, and return it to this office via mail. 

You can register electronically via your computer or personal device using the link labeled Register to Vote ONLINE on the left side of this page.  Note: you’ll need your Nebr. DL # in front of you for this.  You can register via DMV when obtaining/updating your Nebr. Driver’s License.

The 2024 Primary Election deadline is April 29, 2024 for registering by mail, via electronically, or via DMV; the third Friday before any election.  

You can register in person at the Thurston County Clerk’s Office, until 6:00 P.M. on the second Friday before any election.

The 2024 Primary Election deadline is May 3, 2024@ 6:00 P.M. for in person registrations.

Remember, once registered, you do not have to re-register unless you move, change your political party affiliation, or change your name.

CHECK the status of your Voter Registration at the link labeled VOTER VIEW on the left side of this page.


You can vote early by using the link labeled Absentee Voter on the left side of this page.  You’ll simply download the Application, fill it out, and return it to this office via mail or email. 

You can request a ballot to be mailed “Not more than 120 days before an election”, and up until “the 2nd Friday before an election”.

For Primary Election 2024, the dates for ballots to be mailed are: April 8, 2024 - May 3, 2024.  (for early requests, ballots are mailed once they are received by the Elections Office)

You can vote at your polling place on Election Day; polls are open 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.

2024 Primary Election Day:  May 14, 2024 2024 General Election Day:  November 5, 2024

Nebraska’s voter ID law

Registered voters must present a valid photo ID for their vote to count. May 21, 2024 – Last day for a voter to present their valid ID to their county election office if they didn’t have their ID at the polls

Nebraskans can use any of the IDs listed below for voting:

  • Nebraska driver’s license or state ID
  • Nebraska college or university ID (public or private)
  • Nebraska political subdivision ID (state/county/city/public school ID)
  • Passport
  • Military ID
  • Tribal ID
  • Hospital, assisted living facility, nursing home or any other skilled care facility record

People can get a free state ID for voting purposes from the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

If the person was born in Nebraska and needs a free certified copy of their Nebraska birth certificate to get a free state ID, they can contact the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). A birth certificate is not a valid form of voter ID.

Find voter ID educational material on the Secretary of State’s website.