Nebraska elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Nebraska held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate (1 seat) Approveda Preview Article
U.S. House (3 seats) Approveda
State Executives (1 down-ballot seat) Approveda Preview Article
State Senate (26 seats) Approveda Preview Article
State House (No state house) Defeatedd
Ballot measures (4 measures) Approveda Preview Article

2012 Elections

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Elections by type

See also: United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2012
U.S. Senate, Nebraska General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDeb Fischer 57.8% 455,593
     Democratic Bob Kerrey 42.2% 332,979
Total Votes 788,572
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Nebraska, 2012
Members of the U.S. House from Nebraska -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 3 3
Total 3 3

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Korey L. Reiman
Republican Party Jeff Fortenberry
Jeffrey Fortenberry Republican Party Jeff Fortenberry No
2nd Democratic Party John Ewing
Republican Party Lee Terry
Independent Matt Helt
Lee Terry Republican Party Lee Terry No
3rd Democratic Party Mark Sullivan
Republican Party Adrian Smith
Adrian Smith Republican Party Adrian Smith No
See also: Nebraska state executive official elections, 2012

There was one state executive position up for election.

Nebraska Public Service Commission District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Landis Incumbent 100% 114,019
Total Votes 114,019
Election Results via Nebraska Secretary of State.
Nebraska Public Service Commission District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Schram Incumbent 100% 127,390
Total Votes 127,390
Election Results via Nebraska Secretary of State.

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012

The Nebraska State Senate is a nonpartisan chamber.

See also: Nebraska 2012 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Admin. of Gov't Makes any misdemeanor while in pursuit of office grounds for impeachment of a civil officer. Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Hunting Protects the right of residents to hunt and fish in the state. Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Term limits Allows legislators to hold three consecutive terms instead of two. Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 4 Legislative salaries Raises lawmaker salaries to $22,500 a year. Defeatedd

See also: Political recall efforts and Recall campaigns in Nebraska
See also: Recall campaigns in Nebraska


Carrie Lemke, a member of the city council in Superior, Nebraska, faced recall. Four city council members were originally targeted for recall, but signatures were only submitted and verified on Lemke's recall petition. The recall effort was launched after the introduction of Superior's controversial "nuisance abatement program," which officials claimed was intended to get rid of nuisance properties and houses that were poorly maintained. Some city residents saw the program as a violation of privacy.[1]

Nebraska recall action in 2012

  • Two recall elections took place in Nebraska in 2012. Allen Rolf was recalled from his position on the Dodge County School Board on January 31. Fawn Steiff, the mayor of Newman Grove, was retained in office on May 15.

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Nebraska was one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system. Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by mail by April 27, 2012 (18 days before the primary) or by May 4, 2012 in person (11 days before the primary).[3] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote was 18 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 19.[4]

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Nebraska. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[6]


The last day to request an absentee ballot to be mailed is the Wednesday prior to Election Day at 4 p.m (CST). A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by 8 p.m. (CST) on Election Day.[6]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Nebraska is one of 33 states (plus the District of Columbia) that permit some form of early voting.

See also