Gov. Pete Ricketts faces Democratic challenger Bob Krist.
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|Public offices held||Appointed to the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature by Governor Dave Heineman in 2009, elected to a four-year term in 2010, and re-elected in 2014.|
|Education||Master's in business administration/human relations, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri; bachelor's in sociology, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota|
|Military||United States Air Force, 1979 to 2000, retired as a lieutenant colonel|
|Family||Married, two adult children|
|Key issue||I’m running for governor to bring new leadership to our state that will work with all parties to bring about meaningful tax reform that reduces property taxes and returns fairness to our tax system. I want to restore our commitment to public education at all levels and stop the short-sighted cuts to our local schools, our community colleges, job training facilities, and our state and flagship universities. I want to join Republican and Democratic governors from across the country to expand access to health care to underserved communities and rural Nebraska, and to reduce health care costs for all Nebraskans.|
Governor of Nebraska
|Home||Lincoln and Omaha|
|Public offices held||Governor, took office in January 2015|
|Education||Master’s in business administration and bachelor of arts, University of Chicago.|
|Family||Married, three children|
|Key issue||My top priority is property tax relief. Nebraska's property taxes are the 11th highest in the nation. This makes it difficult to sustain the family farm or ranch or meet a family budget. The key to sustainable tax relief is controlling spending. In my first year as governor, we increased tax relief provided through the Property Tax Credit Relief Fund by over 45 percent. In 2016, we provided another $20 million in tax credits for agricultural land and encouraged lower school levies through LB 958 and LB 959. We've now had two years of the Legislature's unacceptable inaction. We must deliver more.|
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Three ways to register
» Online at nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration.
» Register in person at an election commission office, the DMV, or in Douglas County, any of Omaha’s 12 library branches.
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.
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