Anyone needing to register for the May 13th Nebraska primary must do so at county election offices by 6 p.m. Friday.
Several races for Douglas County elected officials which appeared on primary election ballots in previous years will not appear this year as a result of Legislative Bill 56, signed into law earlier this year. It allows county races to automatically advance to the general election when there are no candidates or only one candidate to be nominated for a partisan county office.
“Similar laws have been in place for years regarding some nonpartisan offices such as school boards, natural resource districts and other races,” said Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps. “LB 56 was passed as another way to save money.”
The only two county offices that will appear on the ballots are the Democratic Douglas County Assessor/Register of Deeds race and the contest for Democratic Douglas County Commissioner District Two. There are no county races listed for Republicans or Libertarians for the primary.
“This will not actually affect anyone’s vote,” said Phipps. “There would have only been one candidate or a write-in line to vote for if these races appeared on the ballot. The only difference is, now voters won’t have to mark an oval where there is no choice.”
Voters can view a countywide sample ballot on the Election Commission’s website at votedouglascounty.com. You may also view your own specific sample ballot by entering your house number and zip code in the “Find Your Polling Place” area on any page of the site.
Early voting for the June 3rd Iowa primary is already underway. Voters may fill out an absentee ballot at county auditor’s offices or at satellite locations designated by the county auditor through June 2nd.
You can request an absentee ballot by mail or register to vote at sos.iowa.gov/ and return it to the local county auditor's office.
Absentee ballots received by the county auditor before 9 p.m. June 3rd are eligible to be counted. Absentee ballots that are returned by mail and received after the polls close must have a postmark of Monday, June 2nd or earlier to be counted.