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Ben Backus

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Ben Backus
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Nebraska Secretary of State
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sWestern Dakota Technical Institute
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army National Guard
Years of service10
Date of birthMay 25, 1978
Place of birthTucson, Arizona
ProfessionBroadband services manager
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Ben Backus was a Libertarian candidate for Nebraska Secretary of State in the 2014 elections.[1] Ben Backus lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Backus served in the United States Army National Guard as a combat medic from 1998 until 2008 when he was honorably discharged.[2] He currently works as a broadband services manager at Action Communications.[2]

As of 2014, Backus was active in the Libertarian party serving as the chairman of the Western Nebraska Libertarian Party.[2]


  • A.A.S., electronics, Western Dakota Technical Institute[2]



See also: Nebraska secretary of state election, 2014

Backus ran for election to the office of Nebraska Secretary of State.[1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


General election
Secretary of State of Nebraska, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Gale Incumbent 75.2% 368,135
     Libertarian Ben Backus 24.8% 121,470
Total Votes 489,605
Election Results via Nebraska Secretary of State.

Campaign themes

Backus's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:

If elected as secretary of state my main goals would be as follows:

1. Expand voter participation

  • Make the recently passed legislation for online voter registration a priority.
  • Increase access for voter information through social media
  • Start with the young and make voting day in nebraska a day of education on the political process

2. Increase transparency of the election process by making the information on campaign financing easier to access.

3. Begin laying framework for electronic voting at a state level since the federal government seems incapable of doing so. [3]

—Ben Backus's campaign website, (2014) [4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Nebraska Secretary of State, 2014 Candidate Filing, accessed March 3, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Information submitted through Ballotpedia's biographical submission form on March 6, 2014'
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  4. Ben Back for Nebraska Secretary of State, "Platform," accessed September 11, 2014