Did You Know? You Can View Sample Ballots Before Voting

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: You can view your sample ballot online before you head to the polls. This may help you prepare for your vote and line up your research by knowing which races and candidates that you’ll see.

Remember, you can get more nonpartisan information about candidates from the LWVGO Voters’ Guide and Vote411.org.

To view sample ballots, follow the directions below as applicable.

How to View Your Sample Ballot if You Live in Douglas County

  1. Navigate to the Douglas County Election Commissioner’s website, VoteDouglasCounty.com.
  2. Find the “Find Your Voting Information” box on the left side of the page. Enter the House # and Zip Code for your address. Example: If my address was 123 Main St., Omaha, NE, 68102, I’d enter “123” as the house number and “68102” as the zip code.
  3. Click Search. You’ll see a new page with a list of search results. Click on your address. If you don’t see your address, click “contact us” or “advanced search.”
  4. Once you’ve clicked on an address, you’ll see a new page that shows: The name and address of your polling place.
    1. A link to a map (Google Maps) to your polling place.
    2. A photo of the outside of your polling place.
    3. Links to sample ballots for all parties.
  5. Click on the links to the sample ballots to view them.

Because this is a primary election, there are different ballots for voters of different parties. You can view any of these sample ballots online, but which you see in the voting booth will depend on your registered party and, if you’re a registered Nonpartisan voter, which you ask your poll worker for. See this graphic from the Douglas County Election Commission for more info.

How to View Your Sample Ballot if You Live in Sarpy County

  1. Navigate to the Sarpy County Election Commissioner’s website, Sarpy.com/offices/election-commission.
  2. Click on Sample Ballots. This page will walk you through the process.
  3. Alternatively, you can navigate directly to the Sarpy County Polling Place Locator website and then enter your address.
  4. With your address entered, you’ll see a page that includes Voting Info, Directions and Districts. Click on the links to view sample ballots for each party near the bottom of the page. 

In primary elections, there are different ballots for voters of different parties. You can view any of these sample ballots online, but which you see in the voting booth will depend on your registered party and, if you’re a registered Nonpartisan voter, which you ask your poll worker for. See this graphic from the Douglas County Election Commission for more info.

Download & Print Our Voting Basics Flier

In keeping with our mission, LWVGO is preparing for Nebraska primaries on May 15 by helping to register and empower voters.

If you’d like to get involved, contact us to find out how you can help nonpartisan voter-registration and get-out-the-vote efforts. You can also request volunteer deputy registrars for events.

You can also help distribute our Voting Basics flier, which covers how to register, look up and verify your registration, how to get a vote-by-mail ballot and more information about voting in Douglas and Sarpy counties.

Celebrate National Voter Registration Day Sept. 26

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha (LWVGO) is registering voters at multiple metro locations as part of National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). NVRD is a nationwide, non-partisan effort to register voters on Tuesday, September 26th. The League will help voters who want to register or update their voter information at the following locations:

Creative Center—College of Art and Design
10850 Emmet St
11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Methodist School of Nursing
720 N 87 St
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Bellevue University
1000 Galvin Rd
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Omaha Public Library Locations

OPL- W. Dale Clark
215 s 15th St
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

OPL-Washington
2868 Ames Ave
4:30-6:30 pm

OPL-Florence
2920 Bondesson
4:30-6:30 pm

OPL- South Omaha
2808 Q St
2-5 pm

OPL-Sorensen
4808 Cass
4:30-6:30 pm

OPL-Benson
6015 Binney
4:30-6:30 pm

OPL-Willa Cather
1905 S 44th St
4:30-6:30 pm

OPL-Swanson
9101 Dodge St
4:30-6:30 pm

OPL- Abrahams
5111 N 90th St
4:30-6:30 pm

OPL Elkhorn
2100 Reading Plz
4:30-6:30 pm.

OPL- Saddlebrook
14850 Laurel Ave
4:30-6:30 pm

Now in its sixth year, NVRD is the non-partisan nationwide campaign to register hundreds of thousands of voters in communities and online. Embraced by a host of celebrities, elected officials and organizations, this is the day every year that the League of Women Voters joins with other community partners to highlight and increase voter registration.

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“September 26th, National Voter Registration Day, is the perfect day to ask our neighbors to register for the first time, update their voter registration if they’ve moved, or ask friends and family to make sure they’re registered,” said Carolyn Thiele, Get Out the Vote Co-Chair.

“The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha helps voters through education, registration and get-out-the-vote activities in every election,” said Ann Chalson, LWVGO President. “We host registration drives throughout Douglas County, and candidate and issue forums on our “Go Vote, Omaha!” television show on KPAO and our YouTube channel, while also providing trusted, non-partisan and timely election information via VOTE411.org and in our printed Voters’ Guide.”

“National Voter Registration Day gives us just one more chance to show our commitment to making democracy work,” added Chalson. “The League of Women Voters has over 97 years of history as a powerful national network helping people every day to tackle the most important issues and improve government. On National Voter Registration Day 2017, we’ll be working to help as many eligible voters as we can participate in our great democracy.”