Nebraska elections, 2014

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Contents
1 2014 elections
1.1 Races to watch in Nebraska
1.2 Elections by type
2 Voting in Nebraska
2.1 Important voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References



Nebraska

The state of Nebraska will hold elections in 2014. Below are the dates of note:

2014 elections and events in Nebraska
Local ballot measure election (1) February 11, 2014 Red padlock.png
Filing deadline for incumbent candidates seeking re-election February 18, 2014 Red padlock.png
Filing deadline for non-incumbent candidates March 3, 2014 Red padlock.png
Filing deadline for state legislature candidates March 10, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for primary election April 25, 2014 Red padlock.png
Primary election date May 13, 2014 Red padlock.png
Petition drive deadline for initiatives July 4, 2014 Red padlock.png
Filing deadline for independents filing for office by petition and new party candidates September 2, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for general election October 17, 2014
General election date November 4, 2014
Statewide ballot measures November 4, 2014
School board elections (4) November 4, 2014

Below are the types of elections that are scheduled in Nebraska in 2014:

On the 2014 ballot
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U.S. Senate Scheduled electiona
U.S. House Scheduled electiona
State Executives Scheduled electiona
State Senate Scheduled electiona
Statewide ballot measures (1 measure) Scheduled electiona
Local ballot measures Scheduled electiona
School boards Scheduled electiona

Sample ballot lookup

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If you're getting ready to vote on November 4, you've probably asked yourself the basic question: "What's on my ballot?" Check out our new Sample Ballot Lookup tool and simply enter your address to find out what is on the ballot for your district. Included elections are Congressional, state executive, state supreme court, statewide ballot measures and state legislative races.

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Nebraska

U.S. Congress


See also: United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2014

The retirement of Sen. Mike Johanns (R) leaves an open seat in Nebraska. Because the district is a safe Republican seat, the real campaign will happen in the primary election. The two frontrunners, Ben Sasse and Shane Osborn both received early endorsements from conservative organizations. Sasse hit the ground running with record breaking fundraising early in the cycle.


Nebraska State Senate


See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Nebraska State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 13, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for challengers wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014, two days after the statutory deadline, which fell on a Saturday. Incumbents were required to file for election by February 18, 2014, three days after the statutory deadline, which fell on the Saturday prior to Presidents Day. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections by type

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U.S. Senate elections in Nebraska

See also: United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2014 and United States Senate elections, 2014

Voters in Nebraska will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 3, 2014
May 13, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Nebraska is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. A blanket primary system is used for the nonpartisan legislature and some other statewide races while congressional primary elections are closed.[1]

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by either April 25, 2014, by mail or carrier, or by May 2, 2014, in person. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 17, 2014.[2]

See also: Nebraska elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Mike Johanns (R). Johanns was first elected in 2008. He announced in February 2013 that he would not seek re-election in 2014.[3][4] He joins a growing list of U.S. Congress incumbents not running for re-election in 2014.

Candidates


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General election candidates


May 13, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Independent Independent candidates

Declined to run

Failed to file


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Contents
1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Nebraska
1.1 Partisan breakdown
1.2 Incumbents
1.3 List of candidates by district
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U.S. House of Representatives elections in Nebraska

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Nebraska, 2014 and United States House of Representatives elections, 2014

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Nebraska will take place on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect three candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's three congressional districts.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 3, 2014
May 13, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Nebraska is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. A blanket primary system is used for the nonpartisan legislature and some other statewide races while congressional primary elections are closed.[1]

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by either April 25, 2014, by mail or carrier, or by May 2, 2014, in person. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 17, 2014.[2]

See also: Nebraska elections, 2014


Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, Republicans hold all three of the congressional seats from Nebraska.

Members of the U.S. House from Nebraska -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 0 Pending
     Republican Party 3 Pending
Total 3 3

Incumbents


Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the three congressional districts are:

Name Party District
Jeff Fortenberry Ends.png Republican 1
Lee Terry Ends.png Republican 2
Adrian Smith Ends.png Republican 3

List of candidates by district


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1st Congressional District

General election candidates


May 13, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates


May 13, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Primary

Withdrew from race

Declined to run

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates


May 13, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


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State executive official elections in Nebraska

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See also: Nebraska state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014
Contents
1 State executive official elections in Nebraska
2 List of candidates by office
2.1 Governor
2.2 Lieutenant Governor
2.3 Attorney General
2.4 Secretary of State
2.5 Down ballot offices

Seven state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Nebraska.

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in Nebraska:

List of candidates by office

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Governor & Lieutenant Governor


In Nebraska, gubernatorial nominees select their lieutenant governor running mate after the primary.[27] Note: Lavon Heidemann's name will not appear on the ballot after an appeal by Pete Ricketts to add running mate Mike Foley following Heidemann's withdrawal on September 9, 2014. State law required gubernatorial candidates to select their running mates by September 1, with no provision for removing selected candidates from the ballot. Ricketts selected State Auditor Mike Foley as a replacement for Heidemann, and the Nebraska Secretary of State approved an appeal to replace Heidemann with Foley on September 10, 2014.[28][29]

General election

Republican Party Pete Ricketts/Mike Foley[30][31]
Democratic Party Chuck Hassebrook/Jane Raybould[32]
Libertarian Party Mark G. Elworth Jr./Scott Zimmerman[33]

Withdrew from race

Republican Party Lavon Heidemann - Former lieutenant governor
Republican Party Greg Adams - President of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 24[34]
Republican Party Charlie Janssen - State Senator, District 15[35][36]
Republican Party Mike Flood - Past Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature[37][38]
Republican Party Rick Sheehy- Former Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska[39]
Republican Party Don Stenberg - Nebraska State Treasurer[40][41]
Democratic Party Annette Dubas - Member of the Nebraska Unicameral representing District 34.[42][43]

Lost in primary

Republican Party Tom Carlson - State Senator, District 38[44]
Republican Party Beau McCoy - Member of the Nebraska State Legislature, representing District 39 since 2009.[45][46][47]
Republican Party Jon Bruning - Current Attorney General of Nebraska[48]
Republican Party Mike Foley - Nebraska State Auditor[46]
Republican Party Bryan Slone - tax attorney, former Reagan administration official[49]

Attorney General


Lost in primary

Secretary of State


Republican Party John A. Gale - Incumbent[41]
Libertarian Party Ben Backus[51]

Down ballot offices


Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Treasurer Don Stenberg
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2010 Yes[52]
Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Foley
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2007 No (Running for Lieutenant Governor)
Public Service Commission Anne C. Boyle
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1996 No (Retiring)

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State Senate election in Nebraska

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See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Nebraska State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 13, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for challengers wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014, two days after the statutory deadline, which fell on a Saturday. Incumbents were required to file for election by February 18, 2014, three days after the statutory deadline, which fell on the Saturday prior to Presidents Day.

List of candidates by district

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District 2District 4District 6District 8District 10District 12District 14District 16District 18District 20District 22District 24District 26District 28District 30District 32District 34District 36District 38District 40District 42District 44District 46District 48

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Statewide ballot measure elections in Nebraska

Contents
1 Statewide ballot measure elections in Nebraska
1.1 On the ballot
1.2 Potential measures
1.3 Not on the ballot
See also: Nebraska 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

One ballot measure has been certified for the 2014 ballot in the state of Nebraska.

On the ballot


November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
CISS Initiative 425 Minimum wage Increases the state hourly minimum wage to $9 by January 1, 2016

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Local ballot measure elections in Nebraska

See also: Local ballot measures, Nebraska and Local ballot measure elections in 2014

Elections by date

Click below for more information about local ballot measure elections on:


...click here for more 2014 Nebraska local measures.

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School board elections in Nebraska

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See also: List of school board elections in 2014 and Nebraska school board elections, 2014

In 2014, 665 of America's largest school districts are holding elections for 2,158 seats. These elections will take place in 37 states.


State elections


A total of four Nebraska school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014 for 13 seats. Each district will hold elections on November 4, 2014.

Here are several quick facts about Nebraska's school board elections in 2014:

  • The largest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 is Omaha Public Schools with 49,405 K-12 students.
  • The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 is Bellevue Public Schools with 9,887 K-12 students.
  • Omaha Public Schools has the most seats on the ballot in 2014 with four seats up for election.
  • Three districts are tied for the fewest seats on the ballot in 2014 with three seats up for election in each district.

The districts listed below served 92,251 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[53] Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2014 Nebraska School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Bellevue Public Schools 11/4/2014 3 6 9,887
Millard Public Schools 11/4/2014 3 6 22,783
Omaha Public Schools 11/4/2014 4 9 49,405
Papillion-La Vista Public Schools 11/4/2014 3 6 10,176



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Voting in Nebraska

See also: Voting in Nebraska

Important voting information

  • Nebraska is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. A blanket primary system is used for the nonpartisan legislature and some other statewide races while congressional primary elections are closed.[1]
  • As of October 2014, Nebraska is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Nebraska, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

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. Ballot are sent to non-military stateside applicants 35 days before the election.[54] 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.

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Nebraska ranked 40th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen to in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Nebraska received an overall score of 58 percent.[55]

See also

References

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  2. Nebraska Secretary of State Website, "Voter Information Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
  3. NY Times.com "Republican Senator From Nebraska Won’t Run in 2014" February 18, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 NBC News, "Johanns on Senate retirement: 'Time to close this chapter,'" February 18, 2013
  5. Watchdog.org, "Sasse jumping in Senate race", accessed August 19, 2013
  6. Journal Star "Shane Osborn launches Senate campaign," accessed July 15, 2013
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  10. Nebraska Watchdog, "Democrat enters Nebraska U.S. Senate race" January 21, 2014
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  12. Campaign website, "Home," accessed February 27, 2014
  13. Campaign website, "Home," accessed February 27, 2014
  14. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named rollcall
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  16. Candidate Website, "Intro", accessed January 14, 2014
  17. Nebraska Secretary of State, "Statewide Candidate List," accessed October 6, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 18.6 18.7 18.8 Nebraska Secretary of State, "Statewide Candidate List for May 13, 2014 Primary Election," accessed May 11, 2014
  19. Campaign website, "Home," accessed February 27, 2014
  20. Omaha.com, "Republican Dan Frei will take on Lee Terry in District 2," accessed November 5, 2013
  21. The Green Papers, "The Green Papers: What's New? First Quarter (Jan - Mar) 2014," accessed February 20, 2014
  22. Nebraska Watchdog, "Tea party’s Maxwell turns Omaha House race upside down," accessed May 23, 2014
  23. Nebraska Watchdog, "It’s official: Tea partyer Maxwell won’t challenge GOP’s Lee Terry," accessed July 28, 2014
  24. Watchdog.org, "Festersen out of Congressional race, Democrats wonder who’s in," accessed December 9, 2013
  25. Watchdog, "Retired Army veteran to challenge Congressman Smith," accessed January 2, 2014
  26. Lexch.com, "Third District congressional candidate Sullivan getting his name out," accessed August 1, 2013
  27. Politics1, "Nebraska," accessed April 20, 2013
  28. WOWT, "Update: Ricketts Names Mike Foley As New Running Mate," September 9, 2014
  29. Kearney Hub, "Secretary of State: Mike Foley's name to appear on ballot," September 10, 2014
  30. Journal Star, Waiting for shoes to fall, July 21, 2013
  31. Wichita Eagle, Pete Ricketts joins GOP race for Nebraska governor, September 8, 2013
  32. The Freemont Tribune, "Hasseback will enter 2014 governor's race," June 3, 2013
  33. Nebraska Secretary of State, 2014 Filed Candidates, accessed February 19, 2014
  34. Journal Star, Walton: Speaker Adams looks at governor race, September 1, 2013
  35. Omaha World-Herald, "State Sen. Charlie Janssen to run for governor; Clare won't run," February 18, 2013
  36. Nebraska Watchdog, "Janssen 'seriously considering' run for governor," December 13, 2012
  37. Omaha World-Herald, "Mike Flood drops bid for governor; wife ill," December 6, 2012
  38. Lincoln Journal Star, "Don Walton: Flood won't re-enter governor's race," July 7, 2013
  39. Omaha World-Herlad, "Sheehy's gubernatorial campaign shutting down," February 5, 2013
  40. World Herald-Bureau, "Mike Flood launches bid for governor's office in 2014," November 13, 2012
  41. 41.0 41.1 News & Observer, "Nebraska Treasurer Stenberg to seek re-election," December 5, 2013
  42. Omaha, Democrat Annette Dubas' bid for governor stirs excitement about the race in both parties, August 9, 2013
  43. The Grand Island Independent, "Dubas drops out of Nebraska governor’s race," November 26, 2013
  44. Fox 14 News, "State Sen. Carlson joins race for Neb. governor," July 12, 2013 (dead link)
  45. Centre Daily Times, Republican Beau McCoy to enter governor's race, August 23, 2013
  46. 46.0 46.1 Omaha World-Herald, "Potential candidates jockey for office vacated by Sheehy," February 2, 2013
  47. Journal Star, Sen. Beau McCoy enters GOP governor race, August 23, 2013
  48. Omaha, Nebraska AG Jon Bruning Confirms Interest in Gubernatorial Bid, January 30, 2014
  49. NTV, "Bryan Slone Enters Nebraska Governor's Race," December 17, 2013
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  51. Nebraska Secretary of State, 2014 Candidate Filing, Accessed March 3, 2014
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  53. National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
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