Legislature - District 6


Machaela Cavanaugh

Conferences and special projects manager, Buffett Early Childhood Institute, University of Nebraska


Public offices heldNone
EducationMaster's degree, public administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Bachelor's degree, sociology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
FamilyMarried, two children
Key issueAs a middle-class parent who understands the everyday concerns of families, I am running because the people of District 6 deserve a senator who will put problem-solving over partisanship. I will support strong investment in public education from pre-K to university and vocational training. I will work for earned paid family leave and to increase access to affordable, high-quality health care through Medicaid expansion. I will work for fair tax policies that will reduce the undue burden on seniors, homeowners and working families. I will work tirelessly to ensure every Nebraskan has the opportunity to provide for their family and achieve their hopes and dreams.

Theresa Thibodeau


Owner/operator, preschool, Primrose School in LaVista


Public offices heldLegislature, 2017-present, appointed
EducationBachelor's degree, psychology, University of Nebraska at Omaha
FamilyMarried, three children
Key issueNebraskans are looking to the Legislature to solve problems, strengthen communities and enable families to prosper. We need to help families and small business succeed. I am working hard to cut taxes, cut red tape and encourage investment in our state's economy. Consumers and small business should be empowered and not bogged down by regulation. We need to invest in Nebraska's children, protect education dollars, invest in juvenile justice and child welfare and continue to support our corrections system. There is more to accomplish, but we are making great strides for Nebraskans.

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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