Nebraska elections, 2012
|1 2012 Elections|
|2 Eligibility to Vote|
|2.1 Primary election|
|2.2 General election|
|3 Voting absentee|
|3.3 Military and overseas voting|
|4 Voting early|
|5 See also|
The state of Nebraska held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:
- Signature filing deadline: March 1, 2012 & July 6, 2012 (Measures only)
- Primary date: May 15, 2012
- General election date: November 6, 2012
|On the 2012 ballot|| Click here for all |
November 6, 2012
|U.S. Senate (1 seat)||Preview Article|
|U.S. House (3 seats)|
|State Executives (1 down-ballot seat)||Preview Article|
|State Senate (26 seats)||Preview Article|
|State House (No state house)|
|Ballot measures (4 measures)||Preview Article|
For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page
Elections by type
|U.S. Senate, Nebraska General Election, 2012|
|Source: Nebraska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|Members of the U.S. House from Nebraska -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
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|| Korey L. Reiman
|Jeffrey Fortenberry||Jeff Fortenberry||No|
|2nd|| John Ewing
|Lee Terry||Lee Terry||No|
|3rd|| Mark Sullivan
|Adrian Smith||Adrian Smith||No|
There was one state executive position up for election.
|Nebraska Public Service Commission District 1 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Frank Landis Incumbent||100%||114,019|
|Election Results via Nebraska Secretary of State.|
|Nebraska Public Service Commission District 3 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Tim Schram Incumbent||100%||127,390|
|Election Results via Nebraska Secretary of State.|
- See also: Nebraska 2012 ballot measures
|Amendment 1||Admin. of Gov't||Makes any misdemeanor while in pursuit of office grounds for impeachment of a civil officer.|
|Amendment 2||Hunting||Protects the right of residents to hunt and fish in the state.|
|Amendment 3||Term limits||Allows legislators to hold three consecutive terms instead of two.|
|Amendment 4||Legislative salaries||Raises lawmaker salaries to $22,500 a year.|
- 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.
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.
- Recall efforts against Jay Vavricek of Grand Island, and Patrick Duncan and Jerry Archer of Franklin County failed to make the ballot.
Eligibility to Vote
- 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). (Information about registering to vote)
- 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.
- See also: Absentee Voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Nebraska. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
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.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- See also: Early voting
Nebraska is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Thirty days before Election Day is the first day early voting ballots are available to vote at a county office. Ballots are sent to non-military stateside applicants 35 days before the election. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.
- KHAS-TV, "Superior residents demand city changes," September 17, 2012
- My Wayne News, "Wurdeman special election is Nov. 20," October 9, 2012
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Voter Information FAQ," accessed April 19, 2012
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Election Calendar 2012" accessed May 7, 2012
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Voter Information" accessed May 7, 2012
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Voter Information Frequently Asked Questions," accessed December 16, 2013