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2016 Federal Elections

2016 is a big election year. In Nebraska, we will be voting for the President of the United States and our 3 members of the United States House of Representatives. Neither of our United States Senators will be on the ballot in 2016.

This guide provides good information on the Presidential election process: Electing the President 2016

The Nebraska Democratic party Presidential caucus was on March 5th. Bernie sanders received 57.1% of the vote (giving him 15 delegates) and Hillary Clinton received 42.9% (giving her 10 delegates).

2016 Nebraska Elections

Candidates for the general election in November will be decided by the statewide primary election held on May 10th.

Nebraska conducts a closed primary. This means that each political party (Republican, Democrat, Libertarian) decides who gets to vote for their candidates in partisan races. Generally, Republicans only allow Republicans to vote for Republican candidates. Democrats have allowed Democrats and non-partisan voters to vote for their candidates. The partisan offices in Nebraska are for the President, the US Senate, the US House of Representatives, and county offices.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha's Voters Guide will be available in printed form and on the web site after April 6th.

The offices and candidates for them that will be on the primary are available at this link to the Douglas County Election Commission. Select 2016 Primary in the Search Criteria "select an election" drop down box in the center of the screen.

The Douglas County Election Commission runs all elections in Douglas County. Their website is here: Douglas County Election Commission

Important Dates for the Primary Election

Here are the dates to know before the Primary Election:

April 22 Postmark deadline for mailed voter registration

May 2 Last day to register in person (at the Election Commission office)

May 4 Last day for Election Commission to receive application for early voting ballot

May 9 Last day to vote early in person (at the Election Commission office)

May 10 Primary Election. Polls are open 8 am to 8 pm.

A detailed calendar of election events for 2016 is provided by the Nebraska Secretary of State: 2016 Election Year Calendar