Legislature - District 32

Election for a seat in the Legislature.

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  • After tough primary for Nebraska Legislature, Ebke and Brandt set sights on November (Sept. 9, 2018)
  • Candidates

    Tom Brandt

    Full-time farmer and livestock feeder


    Public offices heldNone
    Educationbachelor of agriculture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    FamilyMarried, two children
    Key issueI fear that rural Nebraska is being left behind. The infrastructure is aging, the population is aging, and few young people are returning due to lack of economic opportunities. An over-reliance on agriculture and a burdensome property tax is regressive to growth in the rural parts of the state. Property taxes paid by Nebraska's farmers are the nation's highest at over $22,000 per farm, yet the industry is commodity based so prices (income) are determined elsewhere. I would work to reform the TEEOSA state aid formula and limit or eliminate the many special tax exemptions currently on the books.

    Laura Ebke


    Part-time political science instructor at Doane University


    Public offices heldNebraska Legislature, 2015 to present, Crete school board 2002 to 2014
    EducationBachelor's degree, Excelsior College; master's degree, University of Memphis; doctorate in political science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    FamilyMarried, three children
    FaithUnited Church of Christ
    Key issueMy focus will continue to be on maintaining a level of civic discourse. The "Political Brew" that I've initiated in Crete has been a great way to bring people of differing backgrounds together, and to show citizens that we don't always have to fight, even when we disagree. Policy-wise, I'd like to use my experience from the last four years to bring stakeholders together to see if we can flesh out real solutions to our Corrections problems. Fixing the "three-legged stool" of school finance will be critical to fixing property tax problems.

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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