Douglas County Sheriff


Tim Dunning


Douglas County sheriff


Public offices heldDouglas County sheriff since 1995
EducationBachelor’s degree in criminal justice and master’s degree in public administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha
FamilyMarried, four grown children
FaithRoman Catholic
Key issueAs your Douglas County Sheriff I will strive to continue to make the Sheriff’s Office a premier and progressive organization. Our agency is nationally accredited on the law enforcement side and both our forensic sciences division and crime scene responders are dually internationally accredited. I am a major participant in the efforts to end human trafficking and arrest child pornography predators. We are currently engaged in efforts to battle the opioid epidemic by educating our staff to the extreme dangers and how to save citizens’ lives. I encourage citizens to vote on Nov. 6.

Mike Hughes

Career coach for Avenue Scholars Foundation


Public offices heldNone
EducationBachelor’s degree in criminal justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha; master’s degree in public administration, Columbia Southern University
MilitaryU.S. Army corporal, four years
FamilyMarried, two children
Key issueIf elected as the next Sheriff of Douglas County, I will focus on changing the face of law enforcement to a more positive one through education, increased visibility and events that bring law enforcement and the community together. I will also work with state lawmakers on juvenile justice and criminal justice reform. This goal will be reached through increased transparency, increased collaboration and community-oriented policing.

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Voter info

Three ways to register

» Online at

» 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 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 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:; 402-444-8683; 225 N. 115th St., Omaha, NE 68154

Sarpy County Election Commission:; 402-593-2167; 501 Olson Drive, Suite 4, Papillion, NE 68046