Talking About the Death Penalty and Restorative Justice with Marylyn Felion

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha, Geri Simon talks with Marylyn Felion about her experience as Robert E. Williams’ spiritual adviser. Robert was executed in Nebraska’s electric chair in December 1997.

Nebraska’s state legislature voted to repeal the death penalty in 2015. The Unicameral overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto, but a ballot initiative to reinstate the death penalty succeeded in 2016.

Nebraska’s death penalty has been in the news again following the Pope’s strong words against the morality of the practice, and as Nebraska is now scheduled to execute Carey Dean Moore on Aug. 14. Moore’s execution will be the first in the nation to use a new drug protocol.

Marylyn Felion has again been holding vigils against Gov. Ricketts’ pro-death-penalty policy and practice. This episode of Go Vote, Omaha was recorded in 2016.

Go Vote Omaha! is our locally produced informational television program. Watch Go Vote Omaha at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights on Cox channel 22 or CenturyLink channel 89 or anytime on YouTube.

Learn More About the Effort to Insure the Good Life in Nebraska: Go Vote Omaha Talks Medicaid Expansion

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha!, Geri Simon talks to Molly McCleery, Deputy Director and Staff Attorney for Health Care at Nebraska Appleseed. Appleseed, alongside many other groups, is working to get Medicaid expansion onto the November general-election ballot, empowering voters to expand access to healthcare in our state. The campaign needs to collect roughly 85,000 total signatures by July 5. The Nebraska Secretary of State must certify the signatures before the measure is placed on the ballot in November 2018.

Making Medicaid available to people earning less than $17,000 a year would bring health coverage to more than 90,000 struggling Nebraskans. You can find out more, including how to get involved, from Insure the Good Life.

In Omaha, you can sign the sign the petition during drop-in sessions Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at the following locations.

Omaha Petition Coffee Hours
Weekly through end of June
Mondays 7-9 a.m. @ Muglife Coffee (2452 Harney St)
Wednesdays 10 a.m.-Noon @ Muglife Coffee
Fridays 10 a.m.-Noon @ Urban Abbey (1026 Jackson St)

Go Vote Omaha! is our locally produced informational television program. Watch Go Vote Omaha at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights on Cox channel 22 or CenturyLink channel 89 or anytime on YouTube.

2018 Candidate Forum: Unicameral, Legislative District 20

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha held a moderated candidate forum for the candidates for Nebraska state senate/Unicameral in district 20. The candidates are Jackie Collett, Chris Anne Dienstbier and John McCollister. Following the May 15 primary election, the top two vote-getters of these three candidates will continue to the general-election ballot in November.

Find out more about the primary in our Get Ready to Vote FAQ and nonpartisan voters’ guide. You can watch all our candidate forums and see all of our 2018 elections info under “2018 ELECTIONS” on our home page.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is a nonpartisan organization that never supports or opposes any candidate for office or political party. LWVGO’s mission is to inform and empower voters.

2018 Candidate Forum: Unicameral, Legislative District 6

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha held a moderated candidate forum for the candidates for Nebraska state senate/Unicameral in district 6. The candidates are Machaela Cavanaugh, Ricky Fulton and Theresa Thibodeau. Following the May 15 primary election, the top two vote-getters of these three candidates will continue to the general-election ballot in November.

Find out more about the primary in our Get Ready to Vote FAQ and nonpartisan voters’ guide. You can watch all our candidate forums and see all of our 2018 elections info under “2018 ELECTIONS” on our home page.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is a nonpartisan organization that never supports or opposes any candidate for office or political party. LWVGO’s mission is to inform and empower voters.

2018 Candidate Forum: Congressional Primary Democratic Debate, Co-Hosted with WOWT

Nebraska Congressional District 2 Primary Democratic debate between Brad Ashford and Kara Eastman at the Omaha Press Club, April 19, 2018. Produced by WOWT NBC Omaha, Channel 6.

Find out more about the primary in our Get Ready to Vote FAQ and nonpartisan voters’ guide. You can watch all our candidate forums and see all of our 2018 elections info under “2018 ELECTIONS” on our home page.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is a nonpartisan organization that never supports or opposes any candidate for office or political party. LWVGO’s mission is to inform and empower voters.

Did You Know? You Can View Sample Ballots Before Voting

In the run-up to the 2018 primary election, we’re posting quick facts about voting to help you get out and go vote, Omaha! 

Today’s fact: You can view your sample ballot online before you head to the polls. This may help you prepare for your vote and line up your research by knowing which races and candidates that you’ll see.

Remember, you can get more nonpartisan information about candidates from the LWVGO Voters’ Guide and Vote411.org.

To view sample ballots, follow the directions below as applicable.

Douglas County

  1. Navigate to the Douglas County Election Commissioner’s website, VoteDouglasCounty.com.
  2. Find the “Find Your Voting Information” box on the left side of the page. Enter the House # and Zip Code for your address. Example: If my address was 123 Main St., Omaha, NE, 68102, I’d enter “123” as the house number and “68102” as the zip code.
  3. Click Search. You’ll see a new page with a list of search results. Click on your address. If you don’t see your address, click “contact us” or “advanced search.”
  4. Once you’ve clicked on an address, you’ll see a new page that shows: The name and address of your polling place.
    1. A link to a map (Google Maps) to your polling place.
    2. A photo of the outside of your polling place.
    3. Links to sample ballots for all parties.
  5. Click on the links to the sample ballots to view them.

Because this is a primary election, there are different ballots for voters of different parties. You can view any of these sample ballots online, but which you see in the voting booth will depend on your registered party and, if you’re a registered Nonpartisan voter, which you ask your poll worker for. See this graphic from the Douglas County Election Commission for more info.

Sarpy County

  1. Navigate to the Sarpy County Election Commissioner’s website, Sarpy.com/offices/election-commission.
  2. Click on Sample Ballots. This page will walk you through the process.
  3. Alternatively, you can navigate directly to the Sarpy County Polling Place Locator website and then enter your address.
  4. With your address entered, you’ll see a page that includes Voting Info, Directions and Districts. Click on the links to view sample ballots for each party near the bottom of the page. 

Because this is a primary election, there are different ballots for voters of different parties. You can view any of these sample ballots online, but which you see in the voting booth will depend on your registered party and, if you’re a registered Nonpartisan voter, which you ask your poll worker for. See this graphic from the Douglas County Election Commission for more info.

2018 Candidate Forum: Omaha Public Power District, Subdivision 1

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha held a moderated candidate forum for the candidates for Omaha Public Power District, Subdivision 1. Candidates participating in the forum are: Amanda Bogner, Dustin Jennings and Mark Treinen. Kristine Dungan was unable to attend. Following the May 15 primary election, the top two vote-getters of these four candidates will continue to the general-election ballot in November.

Find out more about the primary in our Get Ready to Vote FAQ and nonpartisan voters’ guide. You can watch all our candidate forums and see all of our 2018 elections info under “2018 ELECTIONS” on our home page.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is a nonpartisan organization that never supports or opposes any candidate for office or political party. LWVGO’s mission is to inform and empower voters.

2018 Candidate Forum: U.S. Senate (Democratic Candidates)

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, along with the Omaha Press Club, co-hosted a moderated candidate forum for Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate. Candidates participating were: Chris Janicek, Larry Marvin and Frank Svoboda. Jane Raybould was unable to attend. The winner of the May 15 primary election will advance to the November general election.

 

Find out more about the primary in our Get Ready to Vote FAQ and nonpartisan voters’ guide. You can watch all our candidate forums and see all of our 2018 elections info under “2018 ELECTIONS” on our home page.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is a nonpartisan organization that never supports or opposes any candidate for office or political party. LWVGO’s mission is to inform and empower voters.

2018 Candidate Forum: Unicameral, Legislative District 8

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha held a moderated candidate forum for the candidates for Nebraska state senate/Unicameral in district 8. The candidates are Mina Davis, Josh Henningsen and Megan Hunt. Following the May 15 primary election, the top two vote-getters of these three candidates will continue to the general-election ballot in November.

Find out more about the primary in our Get Ready to Vote FAQ and nonpartisan voters’ guide. You can watch all our candidate forums and see all of our 2018 elections info under “2018 ELECTIONS” on our home page.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is a nonpartisan organization that never supports or opposes any candidate for office or political party. LWVGO’s mission is to inform and empower voters.

2018 Candidate Forums: Douglas County Assessor Register of Deeds (Republican Candidates)

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha held a moderated candidate forum for the candidates on the 2018 Republican primary ballot for the office of Douglas County Assessor/Register of Deeds. The candidates are Walt Peffer and Kris Pierce. The winner of this primary race will go on to appear on the ballot in the general election in November.

The incumbent Douglas County Assessor/Register of Deeds, Diane L. Battiato, is a Democrat who will automatically advance to the general election.

Find out more about the primary in our Get Ready to Vote FAQ. You can watch all our candidate forums and see all of our 2018 elections info under “2018 ELECTIONS” on our home page.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is a nonpartisan organization that never supports or opposes any candidate for office or political party. LWVGO’s mission is to inform and empower voters.