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The League of Women Voters serves our community as a trusted nonpartisan resource for voter education and voter rights. We empower residents in our community to vote wisely and confidently, learn how the political system works, obtain accurate nonpartisan voting information, and understand the importance and impact of voting. Voting is the great equalizer and every vote serves to strengthen our community.

Want to Register Voters? Become a Trained Deputy Registrar June 11

LWVGO volunteers who help to register voters must have a current (the training remains valid for two years) certification as a Nebraska Deputy Registrar. From the Douglas County website:

Deputy registrars work as agents of the Election Commission to register voters throughout the county. In order to become an official deputy registrar, you must complete a training class conducted by the Election Commission. After completion, you will be certified by the Election Commission to conduct voter registration drives anywhere in Nebraska.

The next deputy registrar training will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 at the Douglas County Election Commission Conference Room, 225 N. 115th St. To participate in this free training, you must register beforehand on the county website.

To be eligible to be a deputy registrar, you must:

  • Must be a registered voter in the State of Nebraska (you may register to vote at the deputy registrar training session, if not already registered to vote in Nebraska).
  • Must sign up for the deputy registrar training session on or before the business day prior to the training date.
  • Must attend a deputy registrar training session conducted by the Election Commission.

Again, this training is free and open to anyone eligible to vote in Nebraska. You must register on or before Monday, June 10 to be allowed in the class, and you can register at votedouglascounty.com.

Please send any questions to the Election Commission at 402-444-VOTE (8683) or to LWVGO Voter Services at gotv@lwvgo.org.

Call to Action: Bills Debated on Monday, May 13

Final Reading
LB 179 – Authorize the appeal of certain motions as final orders (oppose)
LB 155 – Change eminent domain provisions that apply to privately developed renewable energy generation facilities (oppose)
Select File
LB 532 – Change provisions relating to harassment protection orders, sexual assault protection orders, and domestic abuse protection orders
General File
LB 519 – Change statutes of limitations for certain sexual and trafficking offenses and authorize interception of communications relating to such offenses
LB 630 – Create the offense of sexual extortion and change elements and penalties for sexual offenses
LB 680 – Adopt the Uniform Civil Remedies for Unauthorized Disclosure of Intimate Images Act

Call to Action: Oppose LB670, A Bill to Create a Private School Tax Credit

LB670 would create a nonrefundable income tax credit for donations to private school scholarship programs. This bill will be debated by the full Legislature during General File at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 13.

LB670 will be very costly to taxpayers and will shortchange public schools. The cost of this tax break is capped at $10 million in the first year. However, if 90 percent of that amount is used, the cap will grow by 25 percent the following year. It is very likely the full cap will be used, as donors can get a full reimbursement on the amount contributed, up to half their income tax liability, due to the generosity of the credit. Assuming the credit grows by 25 percent each year, the credit would total more than $93 million in lost state tax revenues by 2030.

Under LB670, an individual, couple, or business can receive a credit equal to 100 percent of their total contribution or 50 percent of their income tax liability, whichever amount is smaller. There are no limits on contribution amounts. This means that as long as there are enough credits available, a corporation with an income tax liability of $1 million could make a donation to a private scholarship granting organization of $500,000 and receive a $500,000 tax credit. Or, if a couple has income tax liability of at least $20,000 and they make a donation to a private scholarship granting organization of $10,000, they receive a state tax benefit of $10,000.

While LB670 is advertised as an effort to help low-income families, the eligibility criteria in LB670 would allow students to qualify if their families have income that is less than twice the reduced-price lunch threshold, approximately $93,000 for a family of four.

Call to Action: Unicameral Debates and Hearings to Watch the Week of May 6

All the bills listed below will have hearings during the week of April 1. Unless otherwise stated, the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha supports these bills.

Find your senator via the Unicameral website, and contact them to urge them to support these bills. Follow the Unicameral Update to find out what happens next with these bills.

Hearings on Tuesday, May 7

General File

  • LB 209 – Require information regarding reversal of medication abortion (OPPOSE)
  • LB 690 – Adopt the Healthy Pregnancies for Incarcerated Women Act
  • LB 519 – Change statutes of limitations for certain sexual and trafficking offenses and authorize interception of communications relating to such offenses

Go Vote, Omaha: Conflict Resolution

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha, Debbie Ford, host and a League member, speaks with Mary Lee Brock, Assistant Professor of Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University about Conflict Resolution and Conflict Engagement.

For more information, see the Office of Dispute Resolution website.

Go Vote Omaha! is our locally produced informational television program. Watch Go Vote Omaha at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights on Cox channel 22 or CenturyLink channel 89 or anytime on YouTube. You can also listen to these episodes as podcasts on Podbean.

We’re Hiring: LWVGO Offering 1 Paid Internship

Please note: Submissions for this position are now closed. LWVGO is considering applications and will be in touch with candidates.

We’re looking for an administrative intern for 20 hours per week at $15 per hour. Read more about the position and how to apply below.

About the Position

LWVGO Purpose: The League of Women Voters of Omaha, a non-partisan organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Accountability:  This position reports directly to the Vice President of the League of Women Voters Greater Omaha. This administrative position is the only paid staff person for LWVGO and requires a great deal of self-motivation and accountability.

Hours: 20 hours per week primarily Mon-Fri/regular schedule flexible/TBD. Salary range: $15 per hour/no benefits. Responsibilities to begin immediately and ending in December, 2019—with chance of extension.

Job Location: The League office is located in the AIM building at 1905 Harney Street. This position’s work location can be flexible, but at least 10 hours a week must be spent in the office during pre-scheduled hours.

Essential Responsibilities

This position will assist the League Directors with their various duties and responsibilities including, but not limited to the following:

  • Assist with general office duties, including correspondence, filing, responding to phone calls and emails
  • Assist with the preparation of materials for promotion, board meetings, presentations
  • Attend events and speak on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha
  • Attend board meetings and perform secretarial duties when required
  • Assist with preparation and distribution of the League materials
  • Help organize diversity and recruitment efforts
  • Utilize technology for organization, communication, website maintenance, and resource utilization
  • Assist with grant administration and follow-up reports
  • Assist with membership and fundraising initiatives
  • Assist with clerical and support services for ongoing and adopted projects
  • Track and manage voter services requests and data
  • Coordinate our collaborative and partnership efforts
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Clearances

  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to operate proficiently a personal computer, windows office, fax machine, printer, projectors, and copier
  • Proficiency in the use of computer software, including Microsoft Excel, Word & Publisher. Knowledge of software such as Adobe applications desirable
  • Passion for voting rights and civic engagement

About the League

  • The LWVGO serves the Omaha metropolitan area. The League is non-partisan and its members are of all genders. The LWVGO does not endorse political candidates. We do not label ourselves as liberal or conservative. We do not strictly side with Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, or any political party.
  • The League is political, and although the LWVGO does not endorse political candidates, we do take a stand on issues that arise in the political arena that affect us all. The organization as a whole supports or opposes laws. The deciding factors in deciding to oppose or support laws is directly influenced by whether or not the implementation of specific laws will hurt or help the communities we live in. The LWVGO follows the policies and programs set forth by the national League of Women Voters. If there is no specific policy or program on a given issue, we initiate a study. Only after this study has been completed, do we support or oppose an issue.
  • The LWVGO’s largest focus is to educate those in the community on how government works and how we can all be involved in it. We offer voter information on our website to make it as easy as possible to understand who is eligible to vote, how they can register to vote. We also pride ourselves on our ability to provide the community with un-biased information on candidates; what they stand for and against. We do this so that voters are informed and ready to vote on Election Day. League members and volunteers are also trained and equipped to speak on a number of topics.
  • The League’s ultimate goal is to see democracy in action! The LWVGO wants everyone to be informed and know how to take part in the democratic process. We aim to increase voter participation, educate citizens on the voting process, and see those around us actively taking part in government. Our ultimate goal is to see individuals around us standing up for what they believe in and taking action in the political arena by voting and advocating for what they feel strongly about.

During the tenure of this position, anyone accepting this job cannot be affiliated with any candidate campaigns, or political issues other than those issues that are formally endorsed with a position by the LWVGO.  

How to Apply

To apply, or for more information, please email cover letter and resume to:

Rebecca Langle, Vice President
League of Women Voters Greater Omaha
vicepresident@lwvgo.org

Join Us April 29 for Dine & Discuss: Nebraska Farmers Union

Dine and Discuss with Graham Christensen, Secretary of the Nebraska Farmers Union

Graham will be speaking about the effect of the trade dispute on Nebraska Farmers as well as the impact of recent flooding. 

Please join us from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 29 at Valentino’s on 108th & L St. If you’d like to eat, the cost of the buffet is $14.14. Drinks are included (wine and beer are extra). However, you do not have to dine to participate in the discussion.

Optional RSVP by emailing office@lwvgo.org or by phone at 402-344-3701.

Money in Politics in Nebraska

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha!, MaryLee Moulton, host and member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, speaks with Kate High, member of League of Women Voters of Lincoln and Lancaster County, about her reports on Money in Nebraska Politics. Links to the reports are available on the League of Women Voters of Nebraska website.

Money in Politics Report Part 1

Money in Politics Report Part 2

LWVUS position on Money in Politics

Go Vote Omaha! is our locally produced informational television program. Watch Go Vote Omaha at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights on Cox channel 22 or CenturyLink channel 89 or anytime on YouTube. You can also listen to these episodes as podcasts on Podbean.