Go Vote, Omaha: 2020 Census in Nebraska

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha!, MaryLee Moulton and Lila Franciscony talk to Hannah Young and Heather Engdahl about the 2020 Census and Nebraska’s effort, Census Counts. Hannah is the Public Policy and Strategic Partnership Manager with the NonProfit Association of the Midlands and Heather is the Census Director of Nebraska Counts with Civic Nebraska.

For more information about the census and how you can get involved, go to the Nebraska Counts website at nebraskacounts.org.

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.

Douglas and Sarpy Counties Looking for Poll Workers – Sign Up by Jan. 28

The Election Commission in Douglas and Sarpy Counties need poll workers to sign up by January 28 for the Primary election, Tuesday May 12. You are paid minimum wage to attend a training plus work the polls from 7 am to 8:30 pm!

There are Quick Links on the Sarpy & Douglas County election commission home pages that contain the signup & information on being a poll worker:
P.S.  You will work hard that day, but if interested, your wage could be donated to the League to help us Make Democracy Work!  Recent changes in the law allow the Election Commission to remit all pay to Non-profit organizations without tax consequences to the person who does the work.

2020 Election Deadlines

Courtesy of the Nebraska Civic Engagement Table, here are the upcoming 2020 primary and general election deadlines. Printable version: 2020 Election Deadlines.

Primary Election

Deadlines to Register to Vote

Mail-in, motor vehicle offices, state agencies, and online: April 24, 2020
In-person voter registration at County Election Offices: May 1, 2020 at 6 PM

Deadlines for Early Voting

Last Day to request Vote By Mail ballots: May 1, 2020
Last Day to Mail in Vote By Mail: May 8, 2020
Last Day to Turn in Vote By Mail at the Election Commissioner or Dropboxes: May 12, 2020 at 8 PM
Last Day to Vote in Person Early at the Election Commissioner for the Primary Election: May 11, 2020
Early Voting by Mail starts April 7
Early Voting in Person starts April 12  

Primary Election Day – May 12, 2020

General Election Deadlines

Deadlines to Register to Vote

Mail-in, motor vehicle offices, state agencies, and online: October 16, 2020
In-person voter registration at County Election Offices: October 20, 2020 at 6 PM

Deadlines for Early Voting

Last Day to request Vote By Mail ballots: October 23, 2020
Last Day to Mail in Vote By Mail: October 30, 2020
Last Day to Turn in Vote By Mail at the Election Commissioner or Dropboxes: November 3, 2020 at 8 PM CST
Last Day to Vote in Person Early at the Election Commissioner: November 2, 2020
Early Voting by Mail starts September 29, 2020
Early Voting in Person starts October 4, 2020

General Election Day – November 3, 2020

Download the 2018 Douglas County Voters’ Guide

Download and read the 2018 voters’ guide here: General Election Voters’ Guide.

You can print, save and share this nonpartisan guide to the Nov. 6, 2018 election.

Haga clic aquí para la Elección General del Estado de la Guía de Votantes del Condado de Douglas.

Did You Know? Many Citizens with Criminal Convictions Can Vote

In the run-up to the 2018 election, we’re posting quick facts about voting to help you get out and go vote, Omaha! 

Today’s fact: Many people believe that being convicted of a felony crime takes away a person’s right to vote forever. The rules on this vary state by state but few states permanently take away the right to vote for citizens with felony convictions.

In Nebraska, citizens temporarily lose their “citizenship rights,” including the right to vote, upon felony conviction. However, the right to vote is automatically restored for returning citizens two years after they complete all of the terms of their sentence, whether that “includes incarceration without parole, incarceration with parole, probation or any combination of sentences.”

This is often called “being off paper” and means that Nebraskans with felony convictions can register to vote after

  • completing the entire sentence (including any incarceration, parole and/or probation) and
  • waiting two years after completing the entire sentence.

If you meet these criteria, you can register to vote without petitioning the court. You will not be automatically registered two years after getting off paper (even if you were registered before), you’re just automatically eligible to register yourself. Find out more about registering to vote.

Misdemeanor Convictions and Time in Custody

Time in custody, including time awaiting trial, does not take away your right to vote (unless you already have a felony conviction and are not off paper).

Misdemeanor convictions do not take away your right to vote.

You can still register to vote and vote by mail/early or in person if you’ve spent time in custody — even if you’re currently in custody — or if you have a misdemeanor conviction. Find out more about registering to vote.

Request an Early Voting Ballot by Oct. 26 to Vote By Mail

To vote early by mail, you must first request an early voting/vote by mail ballot. Do this by Oct. 26 to get a ballot for the Nov. 6 election.

Download the early-voting application, then mail in your request, bring it into your county election commission office or email it in:

Douglas County Application
Email: earlyvoting@votedouglascounty.com
Dropbox Locations

Office Location:
225 North 115th Street
Omaha, NE 68154

Sarpy County Application
Email: earlyvote@sarpy.com
Office Location:
501 Olson Dr. Suite 4
Papillion, NE 68046

How to Use Vote411 to Get All the Info You Need to Vote

Vote411.org is a comprehensive guide to city, state and federal elections across the country. LWVGO uploads information specific to Douglas County to help voters in the Greater Omaha area make informed voting choices.

You can use this site to find info on how to register to vote, how to report any Election Day issues and find all kinds of info on voter eligibility, polling place locations and more.

You can also use Vote411 to compare candidates and print out your ballot selections to help you prepare for voting. Vote411 pulls candidate information from our nonpartisan voters’ guide and tailors what races and ballot issues you see based on your address. You can review where candidates running for office in your community stand on the issues, make selections for the candidates and issues you’d like to vote for, then save or print those selections to use a guide or reference when you actually vote. Vote411 does not collect personal information or store your address or selections (so your data will be lost when you leave the page).

Read the full guide below to get to know Vote411 and get prepared to go vote, Omaha!

Note: Any candidates, races or selections shown are selected randomly and for demonstrative purposes only. The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is a nonpartisan organization that never supports or opposes political parties or candidates.

How to Create a Personalized Voting Guide Using Vote411

To get voting information customized to you, navigate to Vote411.org and enter your address.

With your address entered, click Enter to continue. You’ll see a box with links for info “At a glance.” You can click the link to verify that your registration is correct, get polling place location and more. To create your personalized voting guide, click the green link to Get personalized information on candidates and issues.

This will take you to the beginning of the Personalized Ballot. The next step is Choose My Party. Use the dropdown to select the political party matching your registration, keeping in mind that Nonpartisans should select “None of These.” Then click Go to My Races.

You’ll see a list of races that you’re eligible to vote for based on your address and political party. For example, the screenshot below shows the races for a Nonpartisan voter who lives in downtown Omaha.

Select a row or click Make Selection to view the issue or candidate information for that race and to make a selection for your personalized voting guide. For ballot issues, you’ll see a description of the issue and the question you’ll vote on, just as you’ll see it on your ballot when you go to vote. Read the ballot question and then mark “yes” or “no” to add that answer to your ballot guide. You can skip the question by clicking the > beside Next Race or by clicking View My Races. If you make a selection, the application will automatically take you to the next issue or race on your list.

For races with just two candidates, you’ll automatically see a comparison of the candidates, showing their biographical info and answers to questions as they submitted them to LWVGO for our nonpartisan voters’ guide. You can read their answers and make a selection or skip this race.

For races with more than two candidates, you’ll see a list of all candidates and will be prompted to choose two to compare. You can compare two, go back, select another set and continue as needed to make your selection.

When you’ve made selections for or viewed all races, you’ll see a full list of all your selections. You can navigate back to make edits, review info or change your selections. When finished, click Finish.

Note: Any selections shown are made randomly and only for demonstrative purposes. The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is a nonpartisan organization that never supports or opposes political parties or candidates.

Enter your phone number, email or both to get your selections emailed or texted to you.

You can repeat this process however many times you like, saving and printing your results as needed.