Three Steps to Voting in Douglas and Sarpy Counties

Each time that you vote in any election, you help yourself, your family and your community.

There are three easy steps to voting:  Register, Become Informed and Vote. Read on to find out more.

This nonpartisan, informational guide is also available to print and share: 3 STEPS TO VOTING

STEP 1:  REGISTER TO VOTE

  • Who can vote: Anyone who is a United States citizen, lives in Nebraska, is 18 years or older, felons can vote 2 years after completing their sentence.
  • How to register: Online through vote411.org only if you have a driver’s license or State ID with current address
  • Register in person at the Election Commission Office, Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Public Libraries, Public Assistance Offices and WIC clinics
  • If you are not sure you are registered, check at: votercheck.necvr.ne.gov

STEP 2:  BECOME INFORMED

  • What issues matter to you? Get factual information about the candidate’s background and positions important to you.
  • TV ads are not always accurate
  • League of Women Voters publishes an impartial Voters Guide on the candidates online at vote411.org or a paper guide at Omaha public libraries.
  • Watch videos of local candidate forums via links at lwvgo.org
  • You do not have to vote for every office, it is okay to leave items blank on your ballot

STEP 3: VOTING OPTIONS (Choose one)

VOTE FROM HOME

  • Request an Early Voting application through the Nebraska Secretary of State or the County Election Commission and mail to the Election Office OR on a plain piece of paper, print your Name, date of birth, address, phone #, and sign take photo and email to your county election office. (earlyvoting@votedouglascounty.com or earlyvote@Sarpy.com
  • Ballot will be mailed to your home. Fill out the ballot, and sign the back of the return envelope
  • Mail it back 5 days before election day with a regular postage stamp

VOTE EARLY IN PERSON

  • Vote at the Election office during their business hours (Douglas County, 225 N. 115 St., Omaha 402-444-8683/Sarpy County 501 Olson Drive, Suite 4 Papillion, 402-593-2167)

VOTE ON ELECTION DAY

  • Go to your assigned polling place on election day, 8am-8pm. If you don’t know where this is, you can find it online or call the Election Commission.
  • All polling places in NE must be accessible to voters with disabilities, a poll worker can come to your car to assist if needed.
  • If you requested a ballot be mailed to your home, you cannot vote at your polling place

Voters’ Guide Available Now

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.

Join Us Oct. 18 for the 2018 Second Congressional District of Nebraska Debate

Join the League of Women Voters and the Omaha Press Club for a debate between the two candidates for Nebraska’s second congressional district, Republican Don Bacon and Democrat Kara Eastman. 

The two candidates will debate the issues from 12 to 1 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Omaha Press Club. The debate is sponsored by the Press Club and the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha and is open to the public.

Bacon retired in 2015 from the U.S. Air Force as Brigadier General and is seeking his second term in Congress. He serves on the House Agriculture Committee, the House Committee on Homeland Security, and House Armed Service Committee.

Eastman came to Omaha in 2006 and started Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, a nonprofit organization that aims to protect children from lead poisoning and other environmental hazards. She is also a member of the board of Metropolitan Community College.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2018: NOON TO 1 P.M.

Service begins at 11:30 a.m.

Debate begins promptly at noon

$17 per person includes lunch

Call 402-345-8008 for reservations or email Jeanie at jeaniec@opc.omhcoxmail.com

48-hour cancellation policy

NON-PRESS CLUB MEMBERS WELCOME

Validated parking in the Doubletree Hotel garage for members

The Omaha Press Club

22nd floor-First National Center

1620 Dodge St., Omaha

2018 General Election Candidate Forum: Unicameral, Legislative District 8

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha held a moderated candidate forum for the candidates for Nebraska state senate/Unicameral in legislative district 8. The candidates are Mina Davis and Megan Hunt.

Find out more about the election in our Get Ready to Vote FAQ. You can watch all our candidate forums and see all of our 2018 elections info under “2018 ELECTIONS” on our home page. You can find out which Nebraska LD you live in by entering your address on the Nebraska Unicameral site.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is a nonpartisan organization that never supports or opposes any candidate for office or political party. LWVGO’s mission is to inform and empower voters.

Volunteer with Heartland Workers Center: Voter-Registration Canvassing Happening Now

Heartland Workers Center is organizing nonpartisan, voter-registration-driven, door-to-door canvassing ahead of the November election. They are looking for volunteers and welcoming volunteers from LWVGO and other organizations.

The Center provides training sessions on Wednesday evenings and asks that all volunteers go through the training before canvassing. Once trained, volunteers are paired up and then given all materials necessary to canvass North and South Omaha as well as Bellevue. Volunteer shifts take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information, including where to go for training and canvassing, contact Lucia Pedroza-Estrada, Senior Organizer, at lucia@heartlandworkerscenter.org or (402) 933-6095.

2018 General Election Candidate Forum: OPPD, Subdivision 1

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha held a moderated candidate forum for the candidates for Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), Subdivision 1. The candidates in this nonpartisan race are Amanda Bogner and Kristine Dungan.

You can watch all our candidate forums and see all of our 2018 elections info under “2018 ELECTIONS” on our home page. You can find out which OPPD subdivision you live in on the OPPD website.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is a nonpartisan organization that never supports or opposes any candidate for office or political party. LWVGO’s mission is to inform and empower voters.

2018 General Election Candidate Forum: OPPD, Subdivision 7

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha held a moderated candidate forum for the candidates for Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), Subdivision 7. The candidates in this nonpartisan race are Mick Mines and Janece Mollhoff.

Find out more about the election in our Get Ready to Vote FAQ. You can watch all our candidate forums and see all of our 2018 elections info under “2018 ELECTIONS” on our home page. You can find out which OPPD subdivision you live in on the OPPD website.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is a nonpartisan organization that never supports or opposes any candidate for office or political party. LWVGO’s mission is to inform and empower voters.

Join LWVGO Sept. 25 to Register Voters through National Voter Registration Day Events

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is a Proud Partner of National Voter Registration Day 2018

LWVGO Joins 2,500+ Partners Nationwide in Massive Push to Register Voters on Sept. 25.

On September 25, 2018, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day this November. National Voter Registration Day is a nationwide, non-partisan effort to register voters on Tuesday, Sept. 25. More than two million Americans have registered to vote on this day since the inaugural National Voter Registration Day.

The goal for this year’s annual National Voter Registration Day is to increase participation in the 2018 state and municipal elections across the country by encouraging Americans to register to vote and make their voices heard at the ballot box. While national elections get the media attention, local elections in many ways have a more direct impact on people’s lives, including the quality of roads and transit systems, the schools our kids attend, parks and greenways, public safety, and more.  In Omaha, voters will weigh in on a ballot referendum on Medicaid Expansion alongside races for Nebraska Governor, Senate, House of Representatives, State Senator, and more. Since its founding in 2012, National Voter Registration Day has grown into a massive cultural and civic event with nationwide reach.

Thousands of national, state, and local organizations and volunteers will be the driving force behind National Voter Registration Day 2018. Partner organizations will coordinate hundreds of National Voter Registration Day events nationwide.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is proud to be a National Voter Registration Day partner. On Sept. 25, LWVGOwill engage the community and register voters at the following events.

Location Name Address Times
Metropolitan Community College Elkhorn Campus 829 N 204th St. Elkhorn, NE 68022 9:30 a.m.-12:30 PM
Metropolitan Community College South Omaha Campus Connector Building 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Avenue Omaha, NE 68107 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus Building 23 5300 N 30th St, Omaha, NE 68111 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
College of Saint Mary 7000 Mercy Rd, Omaha, NE 68106 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
UNO Arts & Sciences Building (Vending Machine Area) 222 University Drive East, Omaha, NE 68182 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bellevue University Student Center 1000 Galvin Rd, Bellevue, NE 68005 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The effort’s website, www.NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org, provides a listing of National Voter Registration Day events across the country.

For inquiries about the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha’s participation in National Voter Registration Day, please contact:

Joanna Lindberg, Co-Chair, Get Out the Vote Committee

joannaclindberg@yahoo.com

402-216-3014

or

Ann Chalson, President

aschalson@cox.net

402-392-0318

 

Election Facts at a Glance: Get Ready for the 2018 General Election

Election Day for the 2018 gubernatorial general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6 and the deadline to register or change your registration (if you’ve moved, changed your name, want to change your political party affiliation, etc.) is coming up fast. In Douglas and Sarpy counties, the deadline to register by mail, through an agent (like one of our voter-registration volunteers) or online is Oct. 19. Douglas County residents can also register in-person at the election commission office any time before 6 p.m. on Oct. 26.

As part of our mission to empower voters, LWVGO has put together a two-page printable factsheet about the election: ElectFacts. Below, we’ve collected some more extensive information about the primary and how to be a voter. We also have a Google Calendar available with the deadlines and will be collecting candidate forums and other resources on our website under the heading “2018 ELECTIONS.”

We encourage you to distribute this information with your friends, families and community members.

Get out there and go vote, Omaha!

Who Can Vote

You are eligible to vote in Nebraska if you are:

  1. A Nebraska resident; and
  2. A US citizen; and
  3. At least 18 years old OR 17 years old but you’ll be 18 by Nov. 6, 2018; and
  4. Have never been convicted of a felony OR have been convicted of a felony but have completed your entire sentence (including probation/parole and incarceration), plus 2 years of wait-time. (Citizens with misdemeanor convictions or citizens who have spent time in jail, including while awaiting trial, do not lose their right to vote.)

What about political parties?

Voters must select a political party when they register. There are four recognized parties: Republican, Democratic, Libertarian and Nonpartisan.

What if I don’t have an address or are registered at my parents’ address but go to school out-of-state?

If you are registered at your parent’s home but reside at your college or university, you will need to request an early ballot to vote by mail.

If you live in a shelter, you can register to vote using the address of the shelter. You can vote early or on Election Day.

If you do not have an address at all, you can register to vote using the address of your county election commission office as your address. You can then vote early, in-person at the election commission office between Oct. 2 and Nov. 5. (You do not need documentation of homelessness.)

If you have an address where you can receive mail (even if you register using the address of a shelter, social services agency or election commission as your “home” address), you can request to vote by mail using that address.

If you are in a county jail, you can register to vote using your home address. You will need to request an early ballot to vote by mail and then vote by during the early voting period (Oct. 2 through Nov. 5).

How to Register to Vote

The deadline to register to vote in this election is Oct. 19 if registering:

  • by mail (must be postmarked on or before Oct. 19),
  • online (must be done before 11:59 p.m. Oct. 19),
  • at a community agency, library, DMV office, or at community event by deputy registrar.

Nebraska residents can register online via the Nebraska Secretary of State’s website. (You must have a NE driver’s license or state ID to register online.) 

You can also register to by paper: You can fill out and print the form and mail it to your election commission or bring it in.

The deadline to register to vote in this election is 6 p.m. Oct. 26 if registering in person at one of the following Election Commission offices.

Douglas County Election Commission
225 North 115th Street
Omaha, NE 68154

Sarpy County Election Commissioner
501 Olson Dr. Suite 4
Papillion, NE 68046

Verify your registration and that all your information is correct by going to the Nebraska Voter Check website and entering your information under “Registration Information.”

How, When & Where to Vote

Nebraska voters can: vote early by going to their county election office (early in-person voting), vote early by mailing their ballot to their county election office (vote by mail), vote early by dropping off a ballot in a dropbox, or vote in-person at their polling place.

In-Person Early Voting

You can go to your county election commission office and vote early in-person any time during business hours between Tuesday, Oct. 2 and Monday, Nov. 5. Here are the office addresses:

Douglas County Election Commission
225 North 115th Street
Omaha, NE 68154

Sarpy County Election Commission
501 Olson Dr. Suite 4
Papillion, NE 68046

Early Voting By Mail (VBM)

In Douglas and Sarpy counties, you have to request a ballot to get it mailed to you. If you request a ballot, you cannot vote on Election Day. In Douglas County, you can also drop your ballot off at a dropbox instead of putting it in the mail.

To get a ballot mailed to you, fill out the form for your county (click on the applications below to download) and then email it in, mail it in or deliver it to your county election commission office. The deadline is 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26.

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

Verifying Your VBM Ballot Was Received

After voting, it’s a good idea to check that your early/vote-by-mail ballot was received and accepted. To do this, go to the Nebraska Voter Check website, click on “Absentee Ballot” and enter your information.

At-Poll (Election Day) Voting

If you did not request an early/absentee/VBM ballot, you’ll vote on Election Day, which is Tuesday, Nov. 6. You’ll go to your polling place any time between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Your election commission office should have sent you a card with your polling place information and district information when you registered or changed your registration. But you can find your polling place online if you need to: Go to the Nebraska Voter Check website and enter your address.

How to Find Out Who & What Will Be On Your Ballot

Your election commission office should have sent you a card with your polling place information and district information when you registered or changed your registration.

If you live in Douglas or Sarpy County, you can also find out your districts online. You can then match up your districts with voting guides to find out more about the candidates running to be your representative in those districts.

You can find out who is running in each race/district on the Douglas County Election Commission website (this includes statewide races and U.S. House of Representatives District 2 but not races specific to only Sarpy County).

Because this is a primary and there’s a mix of partisan and nonpartisan races, there are different ballots for the different political parties. Every ballot has the nonpartisan races that you’re eligible to vote for plus the bond-issue question, if you live in the Omaha Public School District. Libertarian, Republican and Democratic ballots have all the nonpartisan races, the bond-issue question (if you live in the OPS District), plus the party candidates for the partisan races.

Find Your Districts: Douglas County

If you’re registered, you can use the Nebraska Voter Check website to find both your polling place information and your districts.

If you’re not registered (or just recently registered), go to the Douglas County Election Commission website and enter your address under “Finding Your Voting Information.” (Tip: Use the advanced search for better results.)

Find Your Districts: Sarpy County

Go to the Polling Place Locator website and enter your address. Under the Voting Info tab, you’ll see your polling place address and can even click on links to view sample ballots. Click on the Districts tab to see all of your representatives and the districts they represent.

Notes on Becoming an Informed Voter

  • What issues matter to you? Get factual information about the candidate’s background and positions important to you.
  • TV ads are not always accurate.
  • League of Women Voters publishes an impartial Voters Guide on the candidates online at vote411.org or a paper guide at Omaha Public Libraries.
  • Watch videos of local candidate forums.
  • You do not have to vote for every office, it is okay to leave items blank on your ballot.