Legislature - District 16

Election for a seat in the Legislature.

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  • Legislative candidates in northeast Nebraska district find common ground on property taxes (Aug. 11, 2018)
  • Candidates

    Ben Hansen

    Chiropractor; founder/owner, Hansen Chiropractic Wellness Center, Blair Rent-It Center, Heritage Barnwood Co.


    Public offices heldBlair City Council member, 2015-18
    EducationDoctor of Chiropractic , Palmer College of Chiropractic; bachelor’s degree in psychology and chemistry, Wayne State College; Associate of Arts, Central Community College
    FamilyMarried, one daughter
    FaithAttends St. Frances Borgia Catholic Church
    Key issueMy top legislative priority is property taxes and school funding — the two are closely linked. Nebraska’s high property taxes are negatively impacting farmers, homeowners and businesses. Only one of the nine school districts in my legislative district receives state equalization aid meaning property taxes are the primary source of funding for eight of the nine districts. This wasn’t the case nearly 30 years ago when the current school funding formula was put in place, or even 10 years ago. It’s time to address the growing inequities in state education funding and reduce the property tax burden — especially in rural communities.

    Chuck Hassebrook

    Solar farm developer, Sandhills Energy


    Public offices heldUniversity of Nebraska Board of Regents, 1995-2013
    EducationBachelor of Arts in rural economics and transformation, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    FamilyMarried, two grown sons
    Key issueI will fight to increase state funding for schools in District 16 to provide property tax relief while adequately funding education. Last year eight of the nine schools in this legislative district received no equalization aid, the primary state funding for schools. The formula for determining state equalization aid is biased against districts with farmland. I will work to create new and reliable state funding for such districts, where the absence of state support is imposing heavy property tax burdens. Such funding will enable schools to meet students’ needs while lowering property taxes on farmers, businesses and homeowners.

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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