Legislature - District 40

Election for a seat in the Legislature.

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  • Candidates

    Tim Gragert

    Retired military and federal employee


    Public offices heldCreighton School Board, on and off for 12 years
    EducationUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln, natural resources degree; Creighton High School
    MilitaryU.S. Air Force, Nebraska Air and Army National Guard, 1977-2017
    FamilyMarried, three grown children
    Key issueProperty taxes, because it is the first issue everyone in this district has brought up while I have been campaigning. The way I see addressing property taxes is a combination of balancing income, sales and property taxes when funding K-12 education. Furthermore, making sure all state programs, entities and the university spending is efficient and effective. All spending in the state must be held to the strictest accountability. Individuals who head any of the programs, entities or the university must be held responsible and accountable for their management and spending.

    Keith Kube

    Retired, investment banker/management consultant


    HomeRural Crofton
    Public offices heldNone
    EducationUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln, bachelors degree in civil engineering; Crofton High School
    FamilyDivorced, one grown son
    Key issueMy top priority, if elected, is to fix the property tax problem by addressing the unfairness in the law. The current approach is not sustainable and threatens the very existence of family agriculture in Nebraska. The current proposals only address the symptoms and not the problem "kicking the can down the road." If this is not addressed, it impacts the economy of the entire state. I feel my background in tax law, business consulting, engineering and agriculture, is vital in fixing this problem.

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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