Recapping the 2018 Elections with the Douglas County Election Commission

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha, LWVGO member MaryLee Moulton interviews Douglas County Election Commission Director Brian Kruse and Deputy Director Chris Carithers about the recent election, how votes are counted, shifts to early vote by mail, and other election topics.  

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. You can also listen to these episodes as podcasts on Podbean.

LWVGO’s 2018 Get Out the Vote Accomplishments

LWVGO’s 243 Get Out the Vote volunteers accomplished a great deal in 2018. Volunteers devoted more than 2,500 hours to making democracy work by registering voters, answering questions about voting and hosting candidate forums to give voters more opportunity to make informed decisions.

LWVGO’s nonpartisan voter registrars registered more than 1,200 new voters, getting many high schoolers, college students, new citizens and Douglas County community members engaged in voting for the first time.

We published 8,400 voters’ guides, sent nearly 1,500 voter-engagement postcards and published 29 candidates and issue forums.

We thank all our volunteers, voters and community partners for excellent work throughout 2018 and look forward to continuing our work in 2019 and beyond!

View the full annual report below.

Why Don’t More Americans Vote?

WNYC Studios’ The Takeaway published a worthwhile listen—Why Don’t More Americans Vote?

This 45-minute podcast takes a comprehensive look at increasing voter turnout, from face-to-face contact, start voting habits young and policies like Election Day Registration.

Listen via WNYC Studios’ website at

Volunteer with Heartland Workers Center: Voter-Registration Canvassing Happening Now

Heartland Workers Center is organizing nonpartisan, voter-registration-driven, door-to-door canvassing ahead of the November election. They are looking for volunteers and welcoming volunteers from LWVGO and other organizations.

The Center provides training sessions on Wednesday evenings and asks that all volunteers go through the training before canvassing. Once trained, volunteers are paired up and then given all materials necessary to canvass North and South Omaha as well as Bellevue. Volunteer shifts take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information, including where to go for training and canvassing, contact Lucia Pedroza-Estrada, Senior Organizer, at or (402) 933-6095.

Join LWVGO Sept. 25 to Register Voters through National Voter Registration Day Events

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is a Proud Partner of National Voter Registration Day 2018

LWVGO Joins 2,500+ Partners Nationwide in Massive Push to Register Voters on Sept. 25.

On September 25, 2018, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day this November. National Voter Registration Day is a nationwide, non-partisan effort to register voters on Tuesday, Sept. 25. More than two million Americans have registered to vote on this day since the inaugural National Voter Registration Day.

The goal for this year’s annual National Voter Registration Day is to increase participation in the 2018 state and municipal elections across the country by encouraging Americans to register to vote and make their voices heard at the ballot box. While national elections get the media attention, local elections in many ways have a more direct impact on people’s lives, including the quality of roads and transit systems, the schools our kids attend, parks and greenways, public safety, and more.  In Omaha, voters will weigh in on a ballot referendum on Medicaid Expansion alongside races for Nebraska Governor, Senate, House of Representatives, State Senator, and more. Since its founding in 2012, National Voter Registration Day has grown into a massive cultural and civic event with nationwide reach.

Thousands of national, state, and local organizations and volunteers will be the driving force behind National Voter Registration Day 2018. Partner organizations will coordinate hundreds of National Voter Registration Day events nationwide.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is proud to be a National Voter Registration Day partner. On Sept. 25, LWVGOwill engage the community and register voters at the following events.

Location Name Address Times
Metropolitan Community College Elkhorn Campus 829 N 204th St. Elkhorn, NE 68022 9:30 a.m.-12:30 PM
Metropolitan Community College South Omaha Campus Connector Building 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Avenue Omaha, NE 68107 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus Building 23 5300 N 30th St, Omaha, NE 68111 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
College of Saint Mary 7000 Mercy Rd, Omaha, NE 68106 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
UNO Arts & Sciences Building (Vending Machine Area) 222 University Drive East, Omaha, NE 68182 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bellevue University Student Center 1000 Galvin Rd, Bellevue, NE 68005 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The effort’s website,, provides a listing of National Voter Registration Day events across the country.

For inquiries about the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha’s participation in National Voter Registration Day, please contact:

Joanna Lindberg, Co-Chair, Get Out the Vote Committee



Ann Chalson, President



September Voter Registration Events: Join Us!

Join us — and bring a friend! — at any of our upcoming voter registration events for help getting registered as a voter and/or to find out more about voting and the League of Women Voters. LWVGO’s GOTV teams will be registering voters at the following events:

  • 5:45 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at 2864 State St. (community event)
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Bellevue University Student Center

You can see all of our upcoming events on our shared LWVGO calendar, available on our homepage and embedded below. For more information about GOTV/voter-registration efforts, contact

Get Trained to Register Voters on Sept. 26

The Douglas County Election Commission is hosting a voter registration training session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Swanson branch of the Omaha Public Library, 9101 W. Dodge Rd.

This short training is required to become a Deputy Registrar and to work on voter registration for LWVGO and other nonpartisan groups.

Deputy Registrar certification lasts three years, so if you were last trained about three years ago or more, consider joining this training session.

You can pre-register for the training at You must register by no later than the business day prior to the training date. (In this case, that would be Sept. 25.)

As a reminder, here are the full qualifications to be a Deputy Registrar:

  • Must be a registered voter in the State of Nebraska (you may register to vote at the deputy registrar training session, if not already registered to vote in Nebraska).
  • Must sign up for the deputy registrar training session on or before the business day prior to the training date.
  • Must attend a deputy registrar training session conducted by the Election Commission. You need not be a member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha to take advantage of this training.

Did You Know? You Can View Sample Ballots Before Voting

In the run-up to the 2018 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

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

How to View Your Sample Ballot if You Live in Douglas County

  1. Navigate to the Douglas County Election Commissioner’s website,
  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.

How to View Your Sample Ballot if You Live in Sarpy County

  1. Navigate to the Sarpy County Election Commissioner’s website,
  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. 

In primary elections, 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.

Download & Print Our Voting Basics Flier

In keeping with our mission, LWVGO is preparing for Nebraska primaries on May 15 by helping to register and empower voters.

If you’d like to get involved, contact us to find out how you can help nonpartisan voter-registration and get-out-the-vote efforts. You can also request volunteer deputy registrars for events.

You can also help distribute our Voting Basics flier, which covers how to register, look up and verify your registration, how to get a vote-by-mail ballot and more information about voting in Douglas and Sarpy counties.

Celebrate National Voter Registration Day Sept. 26

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha (LWVGO) is registering voters at multiple metro locations as part of National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). NVRD is a nationwide, non-partisan effort to register voters on Tuesday, September 26th. The League will help voters who want to register or update their voter information at the following locations:

Creative Center—College of Art and Design
10850 Emmet St
11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Methodist School of Nursing
720 N 87 St
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Bellevue University
1000 Galvin Rd
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Omaha Public Library Locations

OPL- W. Dale Clark
215 s 15th St
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

2868 Ames Ave
4:30-6:30 pm

2920 Bondesson
4:30-6:30 pm

OPL- South Omaha
2808 Q St
2-5 pm

4808 Cass
4:30-6:30 pm

6015 Binney
4:30-6:30 pm

OPL-Willa Cather
1905 S 44th St
4:30-6:30 pm

9101 Dodge St
4:30-6:30 pm

OPL- Abrahams
5111 N 90th St
4:30-6:30 pm

OPL Elkhorn
2100 Reading Plz
4:30-6:30 pm.

OPL- Saddlebrook
14850 Laurel Ave
4:30-6:30 pm

Now in its sixth year, NVRD is the non-partisan nationwide campaign to register hundreds of thousands of voters in communities and online. Embraced by a host of celebrities, elected officials and organizations, this is the day every year that the League of Women Voters joins with other community partners to highlight and increase voter registration.


“September 26th, National Voter Registration Day, is the perfect day to ask our neighbors to register for the first time, update their voter registration if they’ve moved, or ask friends and family to make sure they’re registered,” said Carolyn Thiele, Get Out the Vote Co-Chair.

“The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha helps voters through education, registration and get-out-the-vote activities in every election,” said Ann Chalson, LWVGO President. “We host registration drives throughout Douglas County, and candidate and issue forums on our “Go Vote, Omaha!” television show on KPAO and our YouTube channel, while also providing trusted, non-partisan and timely election information via and in our printed Voters’ Guide.”

“National Voter Registration Day gives us just one more chance to show our commitment to making democracy work,” added Chalson. “The League of Women Voters has over 97 years of history as a powerful national network helping people every day to tackle the most important issues and improve government. On National Voter Registration Day 2017, we’ll be working to help as many eligible voters as we can participate in our great democracy.”