Secretary of State

Bob Evnen, a Republican, and Spencer Danner, a Democrat, vie for the position.

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  • Candidates

    Spencer Danner

    President and founder, The Danner Group LLC. Former director, City of Omaha Human Rights and Relations Department


    Public offices heldNone
    EducationBachelor of science, business management, Bellevue University
    MilitaryUnited States Air Force – medical discharge, recognized disabled veteran
    FamilyMarried, five children
    Key issueMy top priority is to preserve the integrity and security of our elections. We must modernize voter registration by implementing secure voter initiatives like same day voter registration, 16-year-old-pre-voter registration, election day holiday, automatic voter registration and create an online system to vote by mail. We must safeguard voter data and protect voters from cyberspace threats. We must ensure our voter rolls are clean and accurate. We must enhance communication with State and County Officials and support our hard-working workers and volunteers. We must remove partisan politics from our redistricting procedures so elected officials are held accountable.

    Bob Evnen



    Public offices heldFormer member, State Board of Education, 2005-13
    EducationBachelor of arts, social science, Michigan State; law degree, University of Southern California
    FamilyMarried, three grown children, two grandchildren
    Key issueMy top priorities are these: (1) Voting security. I support voter ID, it's just common sense. We can have voter ID without disenfranchising properly registered voters. I also support confirming that those who register to vote are citizens of the United States. (2) Public safety. I was a co-founder of Nebraskans for the Death Penalty. The Secretary of State is a member of the Nebraska Pardons Board. Public safety will be my number one consideration. (3) Economic security. The Secretary of State is Nebraska's protocol officer. I will work with the governor using that status to help expand Nebraska's export trade.

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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