Nebraska Sample Ballots

Election 2014

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General – November 4, 2014

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Primary – May 13, 2014
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Nebraska’s Primary Election, May 13th, SAMPLE BALLOTS

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Each election season, GiN posts links to the sample ballots well before election day so our readers can bone up on all the candidates and all the races, not just those that gain the attention of the mainstream media. I’m a little slow on the draw this year, but here they are such as they are, fresh from the Nebraska Secretary of State’s website (right-click on each of the ballots to open a link to a readable/printable version).

STATEWIDE OFFICESgop sample ballotlibertarian sample ballot 2014democratic sample ballot 2014Board of ed etc sample ballot 2014STATE LEGISLATURE — 2 PAGES

(Right-click will take you to a PDF of BOTH pages, just scroll down when you get there!)

State legislature sample ballot 2014 pg 1Voters seeking an advance look at the sample ballots for the remainder of the offices in play can go here to view them all.

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Election 2013

For additional information, see our Local Elections page

Sample Ballot: City of Lincoln Election Primary April 9, 2013

The word vote in red, white, and blue letters

Tuesday, April 9 is Primary Election day for the following local government bodies:

  • City of Lincoln Council – three at-large seats (see footnote 1 for more information)
    • Click HERE for a list of the current members of the City Council with term expiration dates

    IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES: we have published articles based on research AND a phone Q & A session with three of them:

  • Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education - Districts 1,3,5,7

    Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education District Map as of April 2013 - click image to view/download full-sized PDF

    Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education District Map – click image to view/download full-sized PDF

    • Click HERE to view the list of School Board members, with term expirations
  • Airport Authority Board of Directors – one seat
    • Click HERE to view the list of Board members, with term expirations

The sample ballot lists which positions are to be filled; note that all seats are not on the ballot at every election. An image of the official sample ballot released by the Lancaster County Election Commission, is embedded, below. Click the image to view/download a full-sized PDF version of the ballot.

The General Election is May 13, 2013. (see below the ballot image for more information)

City of Lincoln Primary Election Sample Ballot, April 9, 2013

Click the image to view/download the PDF version of the sample ballot (full-sized)

Additional Election Information:

2013 Election Calendar

Information about registering to vote (deadline for the Primary has passed, but you can still register for the General Election)

Polling Place Look-Up

Absentee Voting Information

Footnotes:
1) Note that the City of Lincoln Council has seven positions. Four of the seats are held by districts and three positions are “at-large”, meaning voters city wide elect these Council members. District-based members are voted on only by the constituents in their respective districts (click HERE to see that district map). Presumably, this structure is designed to provide balanced representation with members who are specifically accountable to a particular part of the City and those whose job it is to take a broader view.

Official Sample Ballot City of Lincoln General Election May 7, 2013

Lincoln, NE City-County Building in downtown lincoln photo by tarahdawdyphoto.com

City-County Building – photo by Tarah Dawdy

By popular demand, here is the official Sample Ballot for the City of Lincoln General Election on May 7, 2013.

In addition to listing the candidates for City Council, Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education, and Airport Authority Board of Directors, it’s very important to note that the General Election ballot also includes TWO proposed Amendments to Lincoln’s City Charter.

A note for voters of principle – regardless of your political “labels”:

For those who value the principle that no one is above the law – especially elected officials – then it will further interest to you to know that neither of the two proposed Amendments on this May 7 General Election ballot are the referendum the City of Lincoln was required to present to Lincoln voters as of May 2012. A year later and City of Lincoln officials still have not scheduled or conducted a special election, nor acted to place that referendum on the April 9 Primary or May 7 General Election ballots. Yet, they did decide to put two other matters before voters.

The specific issue, the subject of the referendum, is not the issue, it is the principle. Therefore, I’m purposefully not linking here to any of our articles. If you would like more information, I encourage you to take a visit around our site (starting with the sidebars) and/or return in the coming days, as we do intend to publish additional information, as time allows.

Ballot file options:

  • Click the image to view a larger version
  • Click HERE to download a PDF version (best for printing)
  • Click here to view/download the PDF on the Lancaster County Election Commissioners website

Official Sample Ballot General Election May 7, 2013, City of Lincoln, Lancaster County

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Additional May 7 Election Information:

Lancaster County Election Commission 2013 – includes links to a calender, etc.

Nebraska Voter Check – Look up information regarding your voter registration status, polling place location, and political subdivisions (School Board, Airport Authority, Legislative, etc., etc.)

Previous City of Lincoln Articles:

Q & A with Mark Whitehead Lincoln City Council Candidate

Q & A with Trent Fellers, Lincoln City Council Candidate

Q & A with Roy Christensen, Lincoln City Council Candidate

Sample Ballot: City of Lincoln Election Primary April 9, 2013

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Election 2012

For additional information, see our Election 2012 page

Lancaster & Douglas County Sample Ballots: NE Primary Election May 15, 2012

Nebraska’s 2012 Primary Election is Tuesday, May 15.

The Polls are open 8:00AM – 8:00PM (listed here as central time).

Last Tuesday, we published an official election calendar distributed by the Nebraska Secretary of State, along with Voter Registration for each Nebraska county as of April 6, 2012. Click HERE to view that article.

The county sample ballots and election deadlines / date documents and information published below were obtained from the Election Commissioner websites of Lancaster and Douglas Counties, respectively. Links to each of those sites are provided here. Other Nebraska counties – please see note at the bottom of this article.

Note that I am publishing images of the ballots here for easy viewing, but the PDF files are readily available. Click any of the images below to view the full / download the document from our Scribd account. If you prefer, you can visit the Election Commissioner’s website to download the items directly (links are provided).

LANCASTER COUNTY

The Sample Ballot for Lancaster County’s Primary, below, was obtained from the Lancaster County Election Commissioner’s website HERE.

ABSENTEE BALLOT INFORMATION:

The Official Lancaster County Election Calendar, below, does not make specific reference to absentee ballots, but does refer to early voting. To find out more information on this subject, click HERE.

 

Official Lancaster County Primary Election Calendar

The Election Calendar, below, was obtained from the Lancaster County Election Commissioner’s website, HERE.

2012 Lancaster County Primary Calendar

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DOUGLAS COUNTY

The Sample Ballot for Douglas County’s Primary, below, was obtained from the Douglas County Election Commissioner’s website HERE.

ABSENTEE BALLOT INFORMATION:

The Douglas County Election Commission deadlines listed below, do not make specific reference to absentee ballots, but do refer to early voting. To find out more information on this subject, click HERE.

Douglas County Nebraska 2012 Primary Election Countywide Sample Ballot Coversheet

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Douglas County Nebraska Primary Election Countywide Sample Ballot Page 1

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Douglas County Nebraska Primary Election Countywide Sample Ballot Page 2

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Douglas County Nebraska Primary Election Countywide Sample Ballot Page 3

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Douglas County Nebraska Primary Election Countywide Sample Ballot Page 4

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Douglas County Nebraska Primary Election Countywide Sample Ballot Page 5

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Douglas County Nebraska Primary Election Countywide Sample Ballot Page 6

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Douglas County Nebraska Primary Election Countywide Sample Ballot Page 7

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Douglas County Primary Election Deadlines

Note that the Douglas County Election Commission does not distribute an Election Calendar on their website in PDF format – the list below was copied from THIS webpage.

Sunday, January 15, 2012 First day to accept early voting ballot request for statewide primary.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Deadline for incumbents to file for office for primary.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 Deadline for non-incumbents to file for office for primary.

Monday, April 9, 2012 First day to vote early in person at election commission office and for early voting ballots to be mailed.

Friday, April 27, 2012 Deadline for mailed voter registrations to be postmarked.

Friday, April 27, 2012 Deadline for voter registration at agencies.

Friday, April 27, 2012 Deadline for voter registration at DMV office.

Friday, April 27, 2012 Deadline for voter registration by deputy registrar at election commission office, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, April 27, 2012 Deadline for voter registration form to be delivered to the election office by someone other than the person registering, for the person to be registered to vote in an upcoming election.

Friday, May 4, 2012 Deadline for write-in candidate to file notarized affidavit and filing fee with filing officer.

Friday, May 4, 2012 Deadline for in-person voter registration at election commission office, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Deadline for early voting ballots to be requested to be mailed to a specific address, 4:00 p.m.

Monday, May 14, 2012 Deadline for in-person early voting at election commission office.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Deadline for agent to pick up early voting ballot, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Deadline to return early voting ballot to election commission office, 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Statewide Primary Election Day. Polls open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Deadline for verification of provisional ballots status, 8:00 p.m.

Other Nebraska Counties:

If you are in a Nebraska county other than Lancaster or Douglas and know the location of a sample ballot online, we encourage you to leave a comment and provide to a link. If you have a paper copy of a sample ballot and can scan it in to your computer and would like to make it available for people to view it online, please use THIS FORM to submit a copy to us (along with requested links, etc.) and we will publish it as we are doing with the Lancaster and Douglas samples.

For anyone interested in hunting down this information, THIS State of Nebraska website page may be of assistance – it provides links to County government websites.

Official SAMPLE BALLOT: Lancaster County, NE November 6, 2012

Without further ado and by much popular demand, here is the official Sample Ballot for Lancaster County, Nebraska‘s General Election, Tuesday, November 6.

VIEWING and PRINTING TIPS:

For viewing convenience here, I have embedded images of the ballot pages. If you would like to view the ballot online as a PDF, click HERE to do so on our Scribd account. If you would like to print the sample ballot, click on any of the images below and the entire three page PDF will download to your computer, or, alternatively, click HERE.

FINDING THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TEXT TOO TINY TO READ WELL?

If you would like to view the official language for the four proposed amendments released by the Secretary of State, which is in a larger font than appears on the ballot, and is in an easier to read format: to view online, click HERE, OR to print the document, click HERE to download the PDF from our site.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE AMENDMENTS:

We have already published two articles, one each about Proposed Amendments No. 3 & No. 4, which give basic information, history, roll call votes, and presents important questions to consider. We will be publishing similar articles on Proposed Amendments No. 1 & 2, in the next few days.

In addition, we have scheduled a presentation to discuss these issues in more depth, because we believe they reveal a great deal about Nebraska’s State Legislature and the State Senators who represent us. Many incumbent Senators are on the ballot on November 6, and we think our presentation is likely to provide insight for voters. If you’re interested in such a discussion, we’re offering two dates for voters’ convenience; click HERE for more information.

Note: To download/print the three page PDF of the ballot directly, you need only click ONE of the three images below.

Official Sample Ballot Lancaster County NE November 6 2012 - click to download

Official Sample Ballot Lancaster County NE November 6 2012 – click to download all three pages

 

Official Sample Ballot Lancaster County NE November 6 2012 - click to download

Official Sample Ballot Lancaster County NE November 6 2012 – click to download all three pages

Official Sample Ballot Lancaster County NE November 6 2012 - click to download

Official Sample Ballot Lancaster County NE November 6 2012 – click to download all three pages

Douglas County, NE Official SAMPLE BALLOT for Nov. 6, 2012

The official Sample Ballot for Douglas County, Nebraska‘s General Election, Tuesday, November 6. (for a Lancaster County, NE sample, click HERE)

VIEWING and PRINTING TIPS:

For viewing convenience here, I have embedded images of the ballot pages. If you would like to view the ballot online as a PDF, click HERE to do so on our Scribd account. If you would like to print the sample ballot, click on any of the images below and the entire seven page PDF will download to your computer, or, alternatively, click HERE.

FINDING THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TEXT TOO TINY TO READ WELL?

If you would like to view the official language for the four proposed amendments released by the Secretary of State, which is in a larger font than appears on the ballot, and is in an easier to read format: to view online, click HERE, OR to print the document, click HERE to download the PDF from our site.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE AMENDMENTS:

We have already published two articles, one each about Proposed Amendments No. 3 & No. 4, which give basic information, history, roll call votes, and presents important questions to consider. We will be publishing similar articles on Proposed Amendments No. 1 & 2, in the next few days.

In addition, we have scheduled a presentation to discuss these issues in more depth, because we believe they reveal a great deal about Nebraska’s State Legislature and the State Senators who represent us. Many incumbent Senators are on the ballot on November 6, and we think our presentation is likely to provide insight for voters. If you’re interested in such a discussion, we’re offering two dates for voters’ convenience; click HERE for more information.

Note: To download/print the three page PDF of the ballot directly, you need only click ONE of the seven images below.

Douglas County November 6 2012 Sample Ballot cover sheet

Douglas County November 6 2012 Sample Ballot cover sheet. Click to download the 7 page PDF file

Douglas County Sample Ballot November 6 2012 Page 1

Douglas County Sample Ballot November 6 2012 Page 1 – Click to download the 7 page PDF

Douglas County Sample Ballot November 6 2012 Page 2

Douglas County Sample Ballot November 6 2012 Page 2 – click to download the 7 page PDF

Douglas County Sample Ballot November 6 2012 Page 3

Douglas County Sample Ballot November 6 2012 Page 3 – Click to download the 7 page PDF

Douglas County Sample Ballot November 6 2012 Page 4

Douglas County Sample Ballot November 6 2012 Page 4 – Click to download the 7 page PDF

Douglas County Sample Ballot November 6 2012 Page 5

Douglas County Sample Ballot November 6 2012 Page 5 – Click to download the 7 page PDF

Douglas County Sample Ballot November 6 2012 Page 6

Douglas County Sample Ballot November 6 2012 Page 6 – Click to download the 7 page PDF

Election 2011

For additional information, see our Local Elections page

City of Lincoln: Mayoral and Council Elections Sample Ballot and Information

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There is an election today, Tuesday, May 3, for a number of offices within Lincoln government including Mayor, several city council seats, Airport Authority, and Board of Education.

For those looking for some additional information about the election, I’ve put together some links here that may be helpful.

The Lancaster County Election Commissioner’s website includes helpful information in general about the election, including a polling place look-up. Visitors to the site will also find that a results page has been prepared so that citizens may check the site once the polls are closed for incoming results.

If you’re unsure of your voter registration status, click HERE to check on the Secretary of State’s website.

You can view a larger view of a sample ballot provided by the Election Commissioner by clicking on the image above or you can view it (or download it, depending upon your brower’s settings) directly on the Commissioner’s website at the link provided, above.

Mayor’s Race:

While we have not published all of the information we have collected regarding the leadership and decisions of Lincoln’s current Mayor, Chris Beutler, the articles we have published don’t mince words. We don’t agree with Chris Beutler’s policies.

Click HERE to see a list of some of the articles on our site mentioning the Mayor.

While Mayor Beutler has a campaign website, I believe that the more informative site is the Mayor’s page on the City of Lincoln website, which can be viewed by clicking here.

It’s important for voters to know that there is another choice for Mayor – Tammy Buffington.

Reportedly Buffington was motivated to run primarily out of concerns about spending and growth of government. Further, she opposed the new arena and has worked to become informed about other particular issues affecting the City of Lincoln, including the Mayor’s embrace of Sustainable Development.

I have provided a link to Tammy Buffington’s website and Facebook page, below:

Tammy Buffington

Website Updated May, 2012: Unfortunately, like many politicians and campaigns, Ms. Buffington’s website has disappeared from the internet.

Facebook

City Council

While the majority of our City of Lincoln articles have focused on the Mayor, the information we have available indicates that the current composition of our City Council leaves much to be desired, to say the least.

I cannot provide additional information about candidates, but can offer links to the Facebook pages for a couple of candidates who are running in opposition to an incumbent and who I understand, generally, are running out of a desire to see a more limited government.

Melissa Hilty

Travis Nelson

The website, Voter Information Packet, appears to have a good deal of information about this election. They have worked to collect answers from candidates in all of the seats up for election. They have reported answers provided by candidates who have chosen to participate and noted candidates who have not responded as of yet.

Click here to visit the page with links for this election.

Election 2010

For additional information, see our Election 2010 page

(2010 Election) Lancaster County Sample Ballot Available Here for Viewing & Downloading

For those interested in taking an advance look at the ballot prior to Tuesday, we’ve located the sample ballot provided by the Lancaster County Election Commission. Note that the sample includes all of the offices in the county, so it is more extensive than the ballot any voter will see in any given precinct.

As with all of our documents, they are available in two ways:

1) Immediate download to your computer directly from our site. Click either graphic of the ballot, below and the 2 page PDF file download box should pop up or simply click HERE.

2) If you would like to either view the ballot before downloading or only wish to view online, we have uploaded the file to our depository on the Scribd site. Click HERE to view the ballot there.

If you have not yet had an opportunity to read any of our articles about Tuesday’s elections, you may want to take a look at our archive of articles, located HERE.

Sample Lancaster County Ballot Page 1 – click to download

Lancaster County Sample Ballot Page 2 – click to download

References & Notes   [ + ]

1. The following list of articles represent perspectives of opponents, proponents and purportedly “neutral” sources, all conveying in one form or another that the PPACA is in jeopardy because of the Supreme Court case: “Obamacare Challenge Gets High Court Review, With Crucial Tax Credits At Stake”Bloomberg, A Huffington Post piece by Terry Connelly, “A Supreme Court Case That Could Upend Obamacare” at RealClearMarkets.com, “Three Reasons A New Supreme Court Obamacare Case Matters to Pro-Lifers”The Federalist, “U.S. Supreme Court to hear Obamacare subsidies case”Yahoo Finance.
2. If you think my assertion is the stuff of conspiracies, then, sorry, you’ve got some serious catching up to do. First, the intention to pass single-payer / universal health care legislation as soon as Barack Obama was sworn into office is in the public record. For just one example, see page 10 of Rep. Dave Obey’s “Summary: American Recovery and Reinvestment” document dated January 15, 2009. As chair of the House’s Committee on Appropriations, Obey was summarizing a draft version of the Stimulus bill, which included, the following bullet point: “Training Primary Care Providers: $600 million to address shortages and prepare our country for universal healthcare by training primary healthcare providers…”. This language was included in an early draft of the Stimulus bill, but was removed when it caused a stir. Second, see the August 10, 2013 Forbes article featuring a scattered shower of honesty from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, entitled, “Sen. Harry Reid: Obamacare ‘Absolutely’ A Step Toward A Single-Payer System”. Then, go read the brazenly honest “How Obamacare Actually Paves the Way Toward Single Payer”, published January 5, 2014 by The New Republic. And then, finally (for now), check out the health care law’s Section 1332, which is a “state innovation waiver” available to states beginning in 2017 (see page 117 of the PPACA PDF). Vermont has already declared its intent to go single-payer, as explained in a Harvard professor’s May 2014 journal article.
3. Defenders of the IRS’ action have cited a legal doctrine developed by the Supreme Court, called “Chevron deference”, wherein Courts defer to government agency interpretation of Congressional statutes. But, as stated by the Court in the October 2012 ruling in City of Arlington v. FCC: “a) Under Chevron, a reviewing court must first ask whether Congress has directly spoken to the precise question at issue; if so, the court must give effect to Congress’ unambiguously expressed intent. 467 U. S., at 842–843.”
4. While it is technically correct that 36 states have refused to establish their own health insurance exchanges, the reality of what’s actually occurred in many states is far more complicated. In addition to highly questionable unilateral gubernatorial actions related to exchanges – including in Nebraska, some states have quietly assisted federal exchange establishment in configurations not authorized by Congress. A Washington Post article from 2011 mentions this phenomenon, but is incomplete in that it doesn’t mention Nebraska’s Dave Heineman or Michigan’s Rick Snyder, who openly stated he might use executive orders to implement parts of Obamacare.
5. As far as the national politicos are concerned: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” ‘Nuff said? Worse, we’ve had five years of campaigning against Obamacare by Republicans without real attempts to stop it, especially at the state level, where there are far more options available then people have any idea about.
6. By “again”, of course, I’m referring to the June 2012 ruling in NFIB v. Sebelius, which upheld the health care law’s individual mandate as constitutional under Congress “taxing power”. It should be noted, only the most partisan left-wing lawyers attempt to defend Chief Justice John Roberts’ incoherent opinion in the case. For an example analysis explaining the many problems with the ruling, see “Chief Justice Roberts’ Individual Mandate: The Lawless Medicine of NFIB v. Sebelius.
7. Section 1311 of the health care law provides for state-established exchanges, while Section 1321c requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to create an exchange for states who don’t establish one under Section 1311. Section 1401 of the PPACA, “Premium Tax Credits and Cost-sharing Reductions”, sets out a new IRS rule – Rule 36B – the rule at the core of the case, which authorizes the subsidies, as follows: “premium assistance…through an Exchange established by the State under 1311…”. Section 1402 “makes these direct outlays available only where tax credits are available” (Adler, Cannon, page 135).
8. CATO’s Michael Cannon projected that 3,363 firms in Nebraska, including state government, have more than 50 employees.