Your 2020 Guide to Helping Others Register to Vote in Nebraska

Here’s everything you need to know to take the next step in your activism, by helping others register to vote for the Nov. 3, 2020 election. Candide Villard from the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha and Civic Nebraska’s Brad Christian-Sallis with key information for protest organizers interested in registering voters at events. 

Visit civicnebraska.vote for more info.

2020 Primary Voters’ Guide: Douglas County Commissioner, District 7

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha contacts candidates during each election cycle and invites them to participate in the print and online editions of the Voters’ Guide. Candidates provide their biographical information and their positions on selected issues. Candidates are aware in advance that the biographies and answers will be printed exactly as submitted without edits for content, spelling, punctuation or grammar.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that never supports or opposes any political party or candidate for office.

PDF of 2020 Primary Douglas County Voters’ Guide | Find voter information specific to your ballot at vote411.org.

The primary election is May 12. Find out more about voting by mail: Extensive guide | Quick video guide

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Candidates

Clare Duda (R):
Occupation: Farmer
Current Public Office, dates held: Douglas County Commissioner since 1993
Education: B.A. in math and physics
Volunteer Experience: 44 years EMT/firefighter with Ponca Hills VFD. 22 years on the Douglas County Health Center Foundation. Still active on both.

Mike Friend (R):
Website: www.votemikefriend.com
Occupation: Agent-Farm Bureau Financial Services
Current Public Office, dates held: none
Past Public Office, dates held: Nebraska Legislature, District 10 2003 through 2009
Education: Creighton University, BA, Mass Communications

Candidate Responses

What element of the county’s government is most effective, and why?

Clare Duda: The Covid -19 outbreak has displayed the incredible effectiveness of the Douglas County Health Department and Douglas County Emergency Management as they tirelessly work to ensure residents’ safety. All Douglas County departments have coordinated together to provide needed services to the public under challenging conditions. Our preparations are being tested, and essential functions are not skipping a beat.

Mike Friend: The administrative function in all areas. County administration is a ministerial responsibility, which requires great attention to detail and sound fiduciary responsibility. Efficient appropriation of funding with the taxpayer in mind is paramount.

What are some ways to provide property tax relief? Are there any services you think should be cut, and if so, why?

Clare Duda: The vast majority of Douglas County services are statutory. We have already cut the services I view as unnecessary. Budgeting is a non stop, constant search for any efficiencies we can gain.

Mike Friend: Internal auditing of processes and programs are important. Possible redundancy in law enforcement services could be addressed, as well as redundancy in other services between the city and county governments. Interlocal agreements are also a good way to potentially relieve certain redundancies.

What do you see as the three most compelling problems facing your office?

Clare Duda: 1. The overcrowded Courthouse and the constantly growing pressures on the criminal justice system; finding consensus to move forward on reforming the juvenile justice system. 2. Meeting the community’s growing mental health needs, including in the jail. We must also find a sustainable model for our detox program. 3. We are constantly aware that we have an overtaxed property tax base.

Mike Friend: Fiduciary/financial responsibility. The need for property tax relief.  Understanding and implementing appropriate taxing authority (utilizing a vote of the people is one example)

What should the county do to address climate change issues?

Clare Duda: I spearheaded installing Nebraska’s first methane recovery system, now utilizing that methane for commercial purposes. We were the first government locally to require low impact development. We need to continue seeking energy efficiencies, and with more use of technology to aid in less travel and face to face meetings.

Mike Friend: Always implement best practices to seriously deal with our responsibility to be a good steward of the environment.

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:
 
DOUGLAS COUNTY
 
SARPY COUNTY LINK
 
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

Understanding Impeachment

In this episode of Go Vote Omaha, Geri Simon talks with R. Collin Mangrum about the impeachment process, its history and its place in the political process.

R. Collin Mangrum, JD, SJD, is Yossem Endowed Chair in Legal Ethics, with Creighton University School of Law.

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.

Learn More About Election Equipment and Processes in Douglas & Sarpy Counties

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha!, host Geri Simon speaks with Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse and Sarpy County Election Commissioner Michelle Andahl about voting equipment, updates, and general voter information.

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.

Learn About the Effort to Restore Voting Rights to Nebraskans with Felony Convictions

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha!, Krystal Fox, LWVGO Co-President, speaks with Nebraska State Senator Justin Wayne (Omaha, LD 13) and Brad Christian-Sallis, Voting Rights Policy Organizer for Civic Nebraska, about Sen. Wayne’s bill LB 83. LB 83 would provide for the restoration of voting rights upon completion of a felony sentence or probation of a felony. The bill was heard in the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on March 6, 2019.

Contact Sen. Justin Wayne at jwayne@leg.ne.gov or 402-471-2727.

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.


Recapping the 2018 Elections with the Douglas County Election Commission

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha, LWVGO member MaryLee Moulton interviews Douglas County Election Commission Director Brian Kruse and Deputy Director Chris Carithers about the recent election, how votes are counted, shifts to early vote by mail, and other election topics.  

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.