NU Board of Regents - District 5

Rob Schafer faces Robert Prokop for the District 5 seat.

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  • Candidates

    Robert J. Prokop

    Forensic pathologist

    Public offices heldNU Board of Regents: 1971-82
    EducationM.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center; Ph.D, organic biochemistry, UNL; master of advanced chemistry, UNL; bachelor of organic biochemistry and math, UNL.
    FamilySingle, no children
    Key issueThe major concern I have about the University of Nebraska is the question of affordability. We're entering an era where rural youth and small-town youth can't afford NU, and as such, if they go in that direction, they face a mountain of student debt. The only answer to this problem is to review and ascertain the budgetary direction of the university.

    Rob Schafer


    Attorney and farmer


    Public offices heldNU Board of Regents, 2013-present.
    EducationJ.D., NU; bachelor of business, UNL.
    MilitaryArmy National Guard, 1985-2005; Air National Guard, 2005-present; staff judge advocate, lieutenant colonel.
    FamilyMarried, two daughters
    Key issueMy top priority as a regent is to continue efforts to make the University of Nebraska affordable and accessible to working families across Nebraska. As a first-generation college graduate and someone that came from a working-class background, I have experienced firsthand the transformative power that an education can bring in improving a person's life, and improving society as a whole by creating responsible and active citizens. My goal as a regent is to help others achieve their goals -whatever they may be - by promoting access to a world class education at an affordable price.

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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