Legislature - District 20

Election for a seat in the Legislature.

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  • Incumbent John McCollister, challenger Jackie Collett differ on restructuring of state revenue (Aug. 31, 2018)
  • Candidates

    Jackie Collett

    IT project manager, CLS Investments


    Public offices heldNone
    EducationMaster of Public Administration, Bachelor of Arts in psychology, both from the University of Nebraska Omaha
    Key issueNebraska faces dangerous budgetary challenges, putting our public school systems and other vital programs at great risk. Once elected, one of my first priorities will be to modernize our tax structure and increase revenue by: Updating our income tax brackets to reflect the pace of inflation and household tax burden; imposing taxes on certain services; and collecting sales tax on all internet sales.

    John S. McCollister


    Principal, McCollister & Co., a family manufacturing company; former executive director of the Platte Institute


    Public offices heldDirector, Metropolitan Utilities District, 1979-2008. Nebraska Legislature, District 20, 2015-present.
    EducationBachelor's degree in economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    FamilyMarried, three grown children
    Key issueRebalancing Nebraska's property, sales and income tax obligations is among my top priorities. This essential policy work is needed to create a financial foundation for the state and its citizens that is both firm and fair. Such a foundation will provide support for continued criminal justice reform to reduce our over-crowded prisons by placing non-violent offenders in facilities better suited for career training and post-release programs, and allow for improved transparency, accountability and efficiency in state government. I will continue to introduce legislation that gives Nebraskans a strong voice in their state government.

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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