U.S. House - District 3

Rep. Adrian Smith, a Republican, faces Democratic challenger Paul Theobald.

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  • In Nebraska's 3rd District race, economy and health care divide Rep. Adrian Smith and Paul Theobald (Sept. 26, 2018)
  • Candidates

    Adrian M. Smith


    Congressman, former Realtor


    Public offices heldU.S. House of Representatives, 2007-present; Nebraska Legislature, District 48, 1999-2007; Gering City Council, 1994-1998
    EducationBachelor of education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    FamilyMarried, one child
    Key issueNebraska's Third District is the top ag-producing congressional district in the country. Working every day on behalf of our ag producers and rural communities is my priority. That means keeping federal bureaucrats from telling Nebraskans how to run their lives. It also means fighting for fair treatment and export markets for our home-grown beef, pork and grains as well as manufactured goods. Nebraskans are fiscally conservative and I continue to support a Balanced Budget Amendment and federal spending restraint. I remain unwavering in my conservative principles and my commitment to strong families, pro-life values, and Second Amendment freedoms.

    Paul Theobald

    Educator, part-time farmer


    Public offices heldNone
    EducationPh.D., University of Illinois; bachelor’s degree, St. John’s University
    FamilyMarried, five children
    Key issueThe economic, social and physical well-being of 3rd District Nebraskans is my highest priority. Obtaining this will require revitalizing communities and reversing the decades-long trend of rural depopulation. While there are many political “issues,” which, if handled differently, would advance this priority, the most prominent are 1) changes to agricultural policy that will elevate the position of producers (small, medium and large); 2) moving to a Medicare-for-all health care system that will dramatically reduce costs while improving health outcomes; and 3) beginning a national conversation about new ways to fund public education.

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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