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|Name = John A. Gale
political position  = [[Nebraska Secretary of State]] |
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|Position = Nebraska Secretary of State
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|Tenure = 2000-Present
political party    = [[Republican]] |
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}}{{tnr}}'''John A. Gale''' (born October 23, 1940, in Omaha, [[Nebraska]]) is the current [[Republican]] [[Nebraska Secretary of State|Secretary of State of Nebraska]]. He was first elected to the statewide governmental position in 2002 and was subsequently re-elected in 2006. In October 2009, Gale announced he would seek a third term in office as Secretary of State. <ref>[http://www.1011now.com/home/headlines/64494807.html ''1011 Now'' "Secretary of State John Gale to Seek Third Term" 16 Oct. 2009]</ref>
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}}{{tnr}}'''John A. Gale''' (born October 23, 1940, in Omaha, [[Nebraska]]) is the 26th and current [[Nebraska Secretary of State]]. A [[Republican]], he was first appointed to the position in 2000 by [[Governor of Nebraska|Governor]] [[Mike Johanns]] to fill a vacancy left when Scott Moore resigned.  
  
==Education==
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Gale easily won election to his first full term in 2002 and was subsequently re-elected in 2006 and 2010. In his role as secretary of state, Gale oversees elections, business services, occupational licensing, state agency rules and regulations, records management, international relations and youth civics programs.
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Gale requested and was subsequently named chief protocol officer for international relations by the [[Nebraska Legislature|Legislature]]. He has used this role to promote commerce, educational studies and cultural exchange between the state and foreign nations.<ref name="bio">[http://www.sos.ne.gov/admin/about/bio.html ''Nebraska Secretary of State's Official Page'' "John A. Gale," Accessed October 2, 2012]</ref>
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Gale {{2014isrunning}} for re-election in [[Nebraska secretary of state election, 2014|2014]]. In announcing his bid for a forth full term, Gale said he has focused on quality public service, transparency and integrity during his time in office.<ref name="reelect2014"/>
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Prior to his appointment, Gale was a lawyer in private practice.
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==Biography==
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After graduating from law school, Gale served as Legislative assistant to [[United States Senate|United States Senator]] Roman Hruska in Washington D.C. in 1968. He returned to [[Nebraska]] in 1970, taking on the role of Assistant United State Attorney in the state for a year. Gale then moved to North Platte in 1971 and started his own law practice, operating it for 29 years until December 2000 when he was appointed by [[Governor of Nebraska|Governor]] [[Mike Johanns]] to fill a vacancy created with the resignation of Scott Moore.<ref name="bio"/>
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===Education===
 
*Graduated from Omaha North High School (1958)
 
*Graduated from Omaha North High School (1958)
 
*Bachelor's degree, Carleton College (1962) in government and international relations
 
*Bachelor's degree, Carleton College (1962) in government and international relations
*Juris Doctorate degree, University of Chicago Law School (1965)
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*Juris Doctorate degree, University of Chicago Law School (1965)<ref name="bio"/>
  
==Professional experience==
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==Political career==
After graduating from law school, John Gale served as Legislative assistant to United States Senator Roman Hruska in Washington D.C. in 1968. He returned to [[Nebraska]] in 1970, taking on the role of Assistant United State Attorney in the state for a year. Gale then moved to North Platte in 1971 and started his own law practice, operating it for twenty-nine years until December 2000 when he was appointed by [[Nebraska Governor|Governor]] Mike Johanns to fill a vacancy created with the resignation of Scott Moore.
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===Secretary of State of Nebraska (2000 - present)===
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Gale was first appointed to the position in 2000 by [[Governor of Nebraska|Governor]] [[Mike Johanns]] to fill a vacancy. He was elected to his first full term in 2002 and was subsequently re-elected in 2006 and 2010.<ref name="bio"/>
  
==Other roles==
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====Citizen-based ballot issues====
*State Chair, [[Nebraska]] State [[Republican Party]] <small>'''(1986)'''</small>
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In 2011, Judge [[Judgepedia:Joseph Bataillon|Joseph Bataillon]] rulled against Gale's presented arguments in the case of Citizens in Charge v. Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale. The case followed a time in which a debate erupted about petitions urging people to recall Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle. Some in the debate said it was too easy to get all the signatures needed and others said it was too hard.
*Boy Scouts of America
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*Board Member, Cornhusker Boys State
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*Great Plains Regional Medical Center
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*Board Member, NEBRASKAland Foundation
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*Member, Sunrise Chamber of Commerce
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*Member, Sunrise Rotary Club
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*Member, United Way
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The Nebraska law that deals with citizen-based ballot issues ranging form recalls to referendums and Judge Bataillon ruled that people from other states can now come into Nebraska and circulate petitions.<ref>[http://nebraska.watchdog.org/16563/ruling-makes-ballot-fights-in-nebraska-a-bit-easier/ "Ruling Makes Ballot Fights in Nebraska A Bit Easier," ''Nebraska Watchdog'', By Joe Jordan, August 31, 2011]</ref>
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! colspan="5" | 2006 Race for Secretary of State - Campaign Contributions
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| colspan="2" | '''Total Raised'''
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| align="center" | $136,350
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| colspan="2" | '''Total Raised by Primary Opponent'''
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| align="center" | N/A
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| colspan="2" | '''Total Raised by Gen. Election Opponent'''
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| align="center" | $18,137
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| colspan="2" rowspan="5"| '''Top 5 Contributors'''
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| align="center" | [[Nebraska]] Realtors Assoc. $7,500 (5.50% of Total)<br>
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| align="center" | [[Nebraska]] Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association $2,800 (1.08%)<br>
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| align="center" | Associated General Contractors $2,500 (1.83%)<br>
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| align="center" | [[Nebraska]] Bankers Association $2,500 (1.83%)<br>
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| align="center" | Sandhills PAC $2,000 (1.47%)
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| colspan="2" rowspan="2" | '''Individuals v. Institutions'''
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| align="center" | $28,015 (20.5%)
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| align="center" | $28,115 (20.6%)
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| colspan="2" rowspan="2" | '''In v. Outside State'''
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| align="center" | $105,418 (91.3%)
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| align="center" | $400 (0.3%)
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==Electoral history==
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====Voter ID====
===2002===
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On October 16, 2013, Gale presented his plan for Nebraska's handling of voter fraud. His voter ID plan would target approximately 6% of the population, those who have notified the post office of an address change but have not changed their voter registration. State Senator [[Charlie Janssen]] stated that he was glad Gale was looking at options but does not think targeting the estimated 75,000 people goes far enough.<br>
*'''2002 Race for Secretary of State - [[Republican]] Primary'''
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“This sounds like selective enforcement,” Janssen said. “Given my druthers, I'd rather have the 'Nebraska way' be that everyone shows their ID.”<br>
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While the democratic leaders in Nebraska state that no problem of fraud exists, Gale says there is a potential for fraud. A dishonest person could show up at a person's previous polling place impersonating the voter that moved. Gale said that he doesn't believe it is currently happening now, but this targeted approach would stop it from becoming an issue. Currently, those voters who have moved are already flagged and present proof of their current address when voting but are not asked to provide photo ID.<ref>[http://www.omaha.com/article/20131017/NEWS/131018878 ''Omaha World Herald,'' Voter ID plan by Nebraska Secretary of State Gale would apply to narrow group of citizens, October 17, 2013]</ref>
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Another group Gale is looking at is the 16,000 voters who have registered on their honor with no license or Social Security number. He would like to upgrade those registrations and use other ways to verify registrations if there is still no license or social security number available. That, along with access to the national death database for the election board to eliminate deceased voters from the voter list, would continue to reduce the possibility of voter fraud in Nebraska.<ref>[http://www.imperialrepublican.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6109:integrity-of-voter-registration-goal-of-secretary-of-state-john-gale&catid=36:news&Itemid=76 ''Imperial Republican,'' Integrity of voter registration goal of Secretary of State John Gale, accessed October 17, 2013]</ref>
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==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Nebraska secretary of state election, 2014]]''
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Gale {{2014isrunning}} for re-election as [[Nebraska Secretary of State]] in 2014.<ref name="reelect2014"> [http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/5021a2b70b75468f9636fe6392c6c81e/NE--Gale-Campaign-Announcement/ ''Daily Journal,'' "Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale to launch 2014 re-election campaign in 4 cities," June 21, 2013] </ref> {{Nov2014genelection}}
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===2010===
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:: ''See also: [[Nebraska Secretary of State election, 2010]]''
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*'''2010 Race for Secretary of State - [[Republican]] Primary'''
 
**John Gale ran unopposed in this contest
 
**John Gale ran unopposed in this contest
  
 
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|title=2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election<ref>[http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/pdf/2010%20Gen%20Canvass%20Book%2011-30-Final.pdf Nebraska Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results]</ref>
 
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{{Election results box|D|candidatename=[[Janet Stewart]]|percentage=30.2%}}
{{Election results box|I|candidatename=Joseph A. Rosberg|percentage=6.2%}}
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{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=467,995}}
{{Election results box|L|candidatename=Tudor Lewis|percentage=2.0%}}
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{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=441,934}}
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===2006===
 
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{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=549,860}}
 
{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=549,860}}
  
===2010===
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===2002===
:: ''See also: [[Nebraska Secretary of State election, 2010]]''
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*'''2002 Race for Secretary of State - [[Republican]] Primary'''
 
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*'''2010 Race for Secretary of State - [[Republican]] Primary'''
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**John Gale ran unopposed in this contest
 
**John Gale ran unopposed in this contest
  
 
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{{Election results box|R|winner= {{Approved}}|candidatename=John A. Gale|percentage=70.1%}}
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{{Election results box|R|winner= {{Approved}} |candidatename=John A. Gale|percentage=62.1%}}
{{Election results box|D|candidatename=[[Janet Stewart]]|percentage=29.9%}}
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{{Election results box|D|candidatename=Jay C. Stoddard|percentage=29.7%}}
{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=453,632}}
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{{Election results box|I|candidatename=Joseph A. Rosberg|percentage=6.2%}}
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{{Election results box|L|candidatename=Tudor Lewis|percentage=2.0%}}
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{{Election results boxbottom|Totalvotes=441,934}}
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==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|totalraised2012=16686
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|totalraised2010=26111
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|office2010=NE Secretary of State
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|totalraised2008=20096
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|totalraised2006=136350
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|totalraised2004=27760
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===2002-2010===
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|office1=Nebraska Secretary of State
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|total raised1=$26,111
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|opponent1= $37,806
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|top donor1=Nebraska Realtors Association
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|top donor1 amount=$4,000
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|second donor1=Nebraska Bankers Association
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|second donor1 amount=$3,600
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|third donor1=David & Christine Gale
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|third donor1 amount=$2,000
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|fourth donor1=Union Pacific Railroad
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|fourth donor1 amount=$1,500
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|fifth donor1=Deryl Hamann and Peter Ricketts
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|fifth donor1 amount=$1,500
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|individuals1=$24,437
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|institutions1=$22,498
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|instate1=$48,935
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|outstate1=$38,473
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|political party2=Republican
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|total raised2= $136,35
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|opponent2=$18,1370
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|top donor2=Nebraska Realtors Association
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|top donor2 amount=$7,500
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|second donor2=Nebraska Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association
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|second donor2 amount=$2,800
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|third donor2=Associated General Contractors of Nebraska<br>and<br>Nebraska Bankers Association
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|third donor2 amount=$2,500
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|fourth donor2=Sandhills PAC
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|fourth donor2 amount=$2,000
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|fifth donor2=Kutak Rock LLP<br>and<br>Hal Lainson
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|fifth donor2 amount=$1,500
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|individuals2=$28,015
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|institutions2=$28,115
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|instate2=$113,502
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|office3=Nebraska Secretary of State
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|political party3=Republican
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|total raised3= $190,704
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|opponent3=$13,223
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|top donor3=Nebraska Realtors Association
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|top donor3 amount=$7,000
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|second donor3=Rhonda Seacrest
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|second donor3 amount=$3,109
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|third donor3=Nebraska Bankers Association
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|third donor3 amount=$2,600
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|fourth donor3=Lundeens, Inc.
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|fourth donor3 amount=$2,500
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|fifth donor3=Nebraska Collectors Association
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|fifth donor3 amount=$2,000
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|individuals3=$46,471
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|institutions3=$36,478
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|instate3=$182,821
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==Personal==
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John Gale currently resides in North Platte, [[Nebraska]] with his wife, Carol. They have three children together - David, Elaine, and Steve.<ref name="bio"/>
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Gale has served in the other following roles:
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*State Chair, [[Nebraska]] State [[Republican Party]] <small>'''(1986)'''</small>
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*Boy Scouts of America
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*Board Member, Cornhusker Boys State
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*Great Plains Regional Medical Center
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*Board Member, NEBRASKAland Foundation
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*Member, Sunrise Chamber of Commerce
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*Member, Sunrise Rotary Club
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*Member, United Way
  
==Family life==
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==Recent news==
John Gale currently resides in North Platte, [[Nebraska]] with his wife, Carol. They have three children together - David, Elaine, and Steve.
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This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "'''John + Gale + Nebraska + Secretary'''"
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
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==Contact Information==
 
==Contact Information==
'''Capitol Address:'''<br>
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'''Office of the Secretary of State'''<br>
[[File:Gale_soslogo.png|thumb|Gale for Secretary of State Campaign logo]]
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Nebraska Secretary of State<br>
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P.O. Box 94608<br>
 
P.O. Box 94608<br>
 
Lincoln, NE 68509-4608<br>
 
Lincoln, NE 68509-4608<br>
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'''Fax:''' (402) 471-3237<br>
 
'''Fax:''' (402) 471-3237<br>
 
'''E-mail:''' [mailto:secretaryofstate@sos.ne.gov secretaryofstate@sos.ne.gov]
 
'''E-mail:''' [mailto:secretaryofstate@sos.ne.gov secretaryofstate@sos.ne.gov]
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==See also==
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* [[Nebraska Secretary of State]]
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* [[Nebraska Secretary of State election, 2010]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
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*[http://www.sos.ne.gov/dyindex.html Official Nebraska Secretary of State website]
 
*[http://www.sos.ne.gov/dyindex.html Official Nebraska Secretary of State website]
*[http://www.gale2010.com/ Gale for Secretary of State Campaign website]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Gale-Nebraska-Secretary-of-State/101674183249332?hc_location=timeline Official Facebook page]
*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Gale/86779768800 John Gale's Facebook profile]
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*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=134897 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=116343 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=97519 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=82686 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=70996 2004], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=5730 2002]
*[http://twitter.com/JohnGale2010 John Gale's Twitter account]
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John A. Gale
John Gale.jpg
Nebraska Secretary of State
Incumbent
In office
2000-Present
Term ends
2014
Years in position 14
PartyRepublican
PredecessorScott Moore
Compensation
Base salary$85,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$417,707
Appointed2000
Appointed byGov. Mike Johanns (R)
Term limitsNone
Education
Bachelor'sCarleton College (1962)
J.D.University of Chicago Law School (1965)
Personal
BirthdayOctober 23, 1940
Place of birthOmaha, Nebraska
Websites
Office website
John A. Gale campaign logo
John A. Gale (born October 23, 1940, in Omaha, Nebraska) is the 26th and current Nebraska Secretary of State. A Republican, he was first appointed to the position in 2000 by Governor Mike Johanns to fill a vacancy left when Scott Moore resigned.

Gale easily won election to his first full term in 2002 and was subsequently re-elected in 2006 and 2010. In his role as secretary of state, Gale oversees elections, business services, occupational licensing, state agency rules and regulations, records management, international relations and youth civics programs.

Gale requested and was subsequently named chief protocol officer for international relations by the Legislature. He has used this role to promote commerce, educational studies and cultural exchange between the state and foreign nations.[1]

Gale is running for re-election in 2014. In announcing his bid for a forth full term, Gale said he has focused on quality public service, transparency and integrity during his time in office.[2]

Prior to his appointment, Gale was a lawyer in private practice.

Biography

After graduating from law school, Gale served as Legislative assistant to United States Senator Roman Hruska in Washington D.C. in 1968. He returned to Nebraska in 1970, taking on the role of Assistant United State Attorney in the state for a year. Gale then moved to North Platte in 1971 and started his own law practice, operating it for 29 years until December 2000 when he was appointed by Governor Mike Johanns to fill a vacancy created with the resignation of Scott Moore.[1]

Education

  • Graduated from Omaha North High School (1958)
  • Bachelor's degree, Carleton College (1962) in government and international relations
  • Juris Doctorate degree, University of Chicago Law School (1965)[1]

Political career

Secretary of State of Nebraska (2000 - present)

Gale was first appointed to the position in 2000 by Governor Mike Johanns to fill a vacancy. He was elected to his first full term in 2002 and was subsequently re-elected in 2006 and 2010.[1]

Citizen-based ballot issues

In 2011, Judge Joseph Bataillon rulled against Gale's presented arguments in the case of Citizens in Charge v. Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale. The case followed a time in which a debate erupted about petitions urging people to recall Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle. Some in the debate said it was too easy to get all the signatures needed and others said it was too hard.

The Nebraska law that deals with citizen-based ballot issues ranging form recalls to referendums and Judge Bataillon ruled that people from other states can now come into Nebraska and circulate petitions.[3]

Voter ID

On October 16, 2013, Gale presented his plan for Nebraska's handling of voter fraud. His voter ID plan would target approximately 6% of the population, those who have notified the post office of an address change but have not changed their voter registration. State Senator Charlie Janssen stated that he was glad Gale was looking at options but does not think targeting the estimated 75,000 people goes far enough.
“This sounds like selective enforcement,” Janssen said. “Given my druthers, I'd rather have the 'Nebraska way' be that everyone shows their ID.”
While the democratic leaders in Nebraska state that no problem of fraud exists, Gale says there is a potential for fraud. A dishonest person could show up at a person's previous polling place impersonating the voter that moved. Gale said that he doesn't believe it is currently happening now, but this targeted approach would stop it from becoming an issue. Currently, those voters who have moved are already flagged and present proof of their current address when voting but are not asked to provide photo ID.[4] Another group Gale is looking at is the 16,000 voters who have registered on their honor with no license or Social Security number. He would like to upgrade those registrations and use other ways to verify registrations if there is still no license or social security number available. That, along with access to the national death database for the election board to eliminate deceased voters from the voter list, would continue to reduce the possibility of voter fraud in Nebraska.[5]


Elections

2014

See also: Nebraska secretary of state election, 2014

Gale is running for re-election as Nebraska Secretary of State in 2014.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2010

See also: Nebraska Secretary of State election, 2010
  • 2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
    • John Gale ran unopposed in this contest
2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[6]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda John A. Gale 69.8%
     Democratic Party Janet Stewart 30.2%
Total Votes 467,995

2006

  • 2006 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
    • John Gale ran unopposed in this contest
2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[7]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda John A. Gale 61.3%
     Democratic Party Jay C. Stoddard 33.6%
     Green Party Doug Paterson 1.8%
Total Votes 549,860

2002

  • 2002 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
    • John Gale ran unopposed in this contest
2002 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[8]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda John A. Gale 62.1%
     Democratic Party Jay C. Stoddard 29.7%
     Independent Joseph A. Rosberg 6.2%
     Libertarian Party Tudor Lewis 2.0%
Total Votes 441,934

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gale is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Gale raised a total of $417,707 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[9]

John A. Gale's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 NE Secretary of State Not up for election $16,686
2010 NE Secretary of State Won $26,111
2008 NE Secretary of State Not up for election $20,096
2006 NE Secretary of State Won $136,350
2004 NE Secretary of State Not up for election $27,760
2002 NE Secretary of State Won $190,704
Grand Total Raised $417,707

2002-2010

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Personal

John Gale currently resides in North Platte, Nebraska with his wife, Carol. They have three children together - David, Elaine, and Steve.[1]

Gale has served in the other following roles:

  • State Chair, Nebraska State Republican Party (1986)
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Board Member, Cornhusker Boys State
  • Great Plains Regional Medical Center
  • Board Member, NEBRASKAland Foundation
  • Member, Sunrise Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Sunrise Rotary Club
  • Member, United Way

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Contact Information

Office of the Secretary of State
P.O. Box 94608
Lincoln, NE 68509-4608

Phone: (402) 471-2554
Fax: (402) 471-3237
E-mail: secretaryofstate@sos.ne.gov

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Preceded by
Scott Moore
Nebraska Secretary of State
2000–present
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