Medicaid expansion

Nebraska voters will vote on the issue of Medicaid expansion in the state after a successful petition effort to put it on the ballot.

The latest coverage

  • Lincoln mother says Medicaid expansion 'would change everything' for herself and her children (Nov. 1, 2018)
  • Warren Buffett, Walter Scott give big dollars to push Medicaid expansion in Nebraska (Nov. 1, 2018)
  • Nebraskans already are paying $520 million for expanded Medicaid — in other states (Oct. 28, 2018)
  • Opposition group is shielded from public disclosure on Medicaid expansion ads (Oct. 27, 2018)
  • Backers raise nearly $3 million for Medicaid expansion vote (Oct. 22, 2018)
  • Wondering how to vote on Medicaid expansion in Nebraska? Here are the top arguments for and against (Oct. 19, 2018)
  • Medicaid expansion would create jobs and economic benefits, study says (Oct. 16, 2018)
  • Learn more about Nebraska'a Medicaid expansion initiative at upcoming public hearings (Sept. 28, 2018)
  • Supreme Court clears the way for Nebraskans to vote on Medicaid expansion (Sept. 12, 2018)
  • Nebraska Supreme Court hears arguments in challenge to Medicaid expansion ballot issue (Sept. 8, 2018)
  • Opponents of Medicaid expansion file appeal in attempt to keep measure off Nebraska ballot (Aug. 30, 2018)
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging petition to put Medicaid expansion before Nebraska voters (Aug. 29, 2018)
  • Judge weighs decision on whether Nebraska voters will see Medicaid expansion petition on ballot (Aug. 20, 2018)
  • Medicaid expansion petition clears one hurdle to making the ballot (Aug. 17, 2018)
  • Lawsuit seeks to keep Medicaid expansion proposal off November ballot (July 11, 2018)
  • Voters likely to get the chance to decide on expanding Medicaid to 90,000 Nebraskans (July 6, 2018)
  • Medicaid expansion petition nears finish line, setting up November vote (June 28, 2018)
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    Voter info

    Three ways to register

    » Online at

    » 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 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 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:; 402-444-8683; 225 N. 115th St., Omaha, NE 68154

    Sarpy County Election Commission:; 402-593-2167; 501 Olson Drive, Suite 4, Papillion, NE 68046