Legislature - District 12


Steve Lathrop



Public offices heldNebraska Legislature, 2007-15
EducationLaw degree, Creighton University; bachelor of business administration, Creighton University
FamilyFour grown daughters
Key issueEnsure Ralston and Millard School Districts receive adequate resources to continue their excellence in educating our young students. Proper state funding of K-12 education is key to providing meaningful property tax relief, which is my second priority. Recent cuts in state aid to Millard Schools are directly responsible for property tax increases on homeowners in that school district. Ralston Schools have experienced similar cuts. I will make sure that Ralston and Millard School Districts are allocated necessary state aid, which will allow them to continue to provide a high level of education to our students while reducing property tax burden on homeowners.

Merv Riepe


Retired hospital administrator


Public offices heldNebraska Legislature, 2015-present
EducationPost-graduate study in managed care, University of Missouri at Kansas City; master's in health policy and management, University of Iowa; bachelor's in business finance, University of Nebraska at Omaha
MilitaryU.S. Navy hospital corpsman, 1960-63
FamilyMarried, one adult son
Key issueConstituents tell me daily high property taxes and health care costs make it harder to live the Good Life. That's why I have focused on reducing health care costs, holding the line on taxes and spending as well as providing property tax relief for our families. We've made good progress, implementing health care innovations like Direct Primary Care, balancing the budget every year without raising taxes, and providing $840 million in property tax relief. I'm seeking another term because there's more to do. With affordable health care and lower property taxes, more Nebraska families will thrive, and that drives me.

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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