Republican incumbent Deb Fischer faces challenger Jane Raybould, a Democrat.
Cattle rancher; U.S. senator
|Public offices held||U.S. Senate, 2013-present; Nebraska Legislature, 2005-2013; Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, 2000-2004; Valentine Rural High School Board of Education, 1990-2004|
|Education||Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
|Family||Married, three grown children|
|Key issue||As a senior member of the Armed Services Committee and chair of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, which has oversight over U.S. Strategic Command located in Sarpy County, our nation's security will remain my top priority. I'll also stay focused on providing regulatory relief, certainty, and new markets for ag producers. I will continue to lead on infrastructure and support legislation to lower the cost of healthcare for families.|
Vice president, B&R Stores, Inc. (Super Saver, Russ's Markets)
|Public offices held||Lincoln City Council, 2015-present; Lancaster County Board, 2011-2014|
|Education||Bachelor's degree, Creighton University, 1981; Master's degree, Georgetown University, 1985|
|Family||Married, two grown children|
|Key issue||Washington is broken and it's time we send some Nebraskan common sense there. We need to stem the influence of secret money in elections. The biggest corporations prop up politicians and crush attempts at bipartisanship on everything from health care to tax reform. It's sickening to witness the buying of votes on critical issues with corporate PAC checks and lobbyists trading favors for campaign contributions. In our grocery stores, doing a good job means respecting and listening to those who you serve first. We need to clean up Washington so that Nebraskans can have a voice again.|
Retired information technology professional
|Public offices held||None|
|Education||BS Computer Science & Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
|Family||Married, two adult children|
|Key issue||My highest priority issue is to rein in federal spending. The federal government is over $21 trillion in debt and that number is growing at a rate approaching $1 trillion per year. I will support reducing or eliminating programs and departments which have not been shown to be effective and reducing the size and scope of the federal government.|
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Three ways to register
» Online at nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration.
» Register in person at an election commission office, the DMV, or in Douglas County, any of Omaha’s 12 library branches.
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.
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