Assessor/Register of Deeds

Republican Walt Peffer faces off against Democrat Diane Battiato in November.

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  • Candidates


    Diane Battiato

    Incumbent

    Douglas County assessor/register of deeds

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    Age68
    PartyDemocratic
    HomeOmaha
    Public offices heldPapillion City Council, 1997-2002
    EducationOmaha South High School
    FamilyWidowed, three children
    FaithCatholic
    Key issueContinue to fine-tune our online recording system, providing easy access to property owners’ official records. Our team will continue to strive for fair and equitable property valuations by using state-of-the-art technology. Increasing the number of sales areas is a major step. We are now able to identify market trends in more similar neighborhoods and have seen positive results. This year we saw the lowest percentage of protests since before 2012. Increase communication between property owners and appraisers which results in more accurate information about their property. Bottom line: Our valuations can only be as accurate as the data we receive.

    Walt Peffer

    Real estate executive

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    Age71
    PartyRepublican
    HomeOmaha
    EducationAttended UNO
    MilitaryU.S. Army, corporal, 1966-68
    FamilyMarried
    FaithChristian
    Key issueAchieve accurate, fair, and equalized valuations. Update computer software, integrate with GIS system to detect anomalies within mass appraisal valuations. Increase the number of mass appraisal zones to achieve comparative data. Conduct evening town hall meetings throughout the county to answer questions about preliminary valuations so that taxpayers do not have to take time off of work to meet with their County Assessor. Discuss with the Douglas County Board of Commissioners physically combining the Assessor and Register of Deeds staff to achieve office cross training and efficiency.

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    Voter info

    Three ways to register

    » Online at nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration.

    » Print out an application (Here's the form) and take it to your local election commission (Here’s a list)

    » Register in person at an election commission office, the DMV, or in Douglas County, any of Omaha’s 12 library branches.

    Registration questions

    Visit www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov to check whether you’re registered to vote and find your polling place. If you think you should be able to vote at a polling place but there’s a problem with the registration, request to fill out a provisional ballot. The election commission will collect them and then has a week to verify whether you are eligible to vote.

    To see a sample ballot

    See a sample ballot from the Nebraska Secretary of State website here.

    To find your district

    Visit votercheck.necvr.ne.gov and look up your registration info or polling place to find a list of the political districts you live in.

    Important dates

    Oct. 1: First day for early voting ballots to be mailed.
    Oct. 9: First day to vote early in person at election commission office.
    Oct. 19: Deadline to register to vote online, by mail, at agencies, at the DMV office, by deputy registrar or by registration form that’s delivered to the election office by someone other than the person registering
    Oct. 26: Deadline for in-person voter registration at election commission office, 6 p.m. Deadline for early voting ballots to be requested to be mailed to a specific address, 6 p.m. Deadline for write-in candidates to file notarized affidavit and filing fee with filing officer.
    Nov. 5: Deadline for in-person early voting at election commission office, 5 p.m. (Sarpy County office closes at 4:45 p.m.)
    Nov. 6: Election Day! Polls open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. 7 p.m.: Deadline for agent to pick up early voting ballot. 8 p.m.: Deadline to return early voting ballot to election commission office or drop box location
    Nov. 13: Deadline for verification of provisional ballots

    Here are the Douglas County drop box locations, opening in early October:

    City/County Building (1819 Farnam St.)
    South Omaha Branch Library (2808 Q St.)
    Washington Branch Library (2868 Ames Ave.)
    Ralston Police Department (7400 Main St., Ralston)
    Abrahams Branch Library (5111 N. 90th St.)
    Douglas County Election Commission (225 N. 115th St.)
    Drive-up location (115th and Davenport Streets, on median)
    Douglas County Engineer's Office (15505 West Maple Road)
    Millard Public Schools Foundation (5225 S. 159th Ave.)
    Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch Library (2100 Reading Plaza)

    To contact your election commission

    Douglas County Election Commission: www.votedouglascounty.com; 402-444-8683; 225 N. 115th St., Omaha, NE 68154

    Sarpy County Election Commission: www.sarpy.com/election; 402-593-2167; 501 Olson Drive, Suite 4, Papillion, NE 68046