Nebraskans will decide some major political races and issues this November, but only the Nebraskans registered to vote.
The National Association of Secretaries of State has designated September as National Voter Registration Month.
Since the intensely fought primary elections, 2,000 more Nebraskans have registered to vote this November in a general election that will decide not only significant statewide offices, but also a ballot issue or two.
Nebraska voters will decide whether the state minimum wage should be raised. They also could decide whether to authorize historic horse racing, depending on a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling.
“So, you may have a major gambling issue on the ballot. You’re going to have the minimum wage issue on the ballot,” Secretary of State John Gale tells Nebraska Radio Network. “This is the first time in 16 years that the gubernatorial office has been an open race and that’s pretty significant; pretty dramatic.”
Term limits prohibit Gov. Dave Heineman from running for re-election.
The decision by United States Senator Mike Johanns to retire from public office has left an open race for his Senate seat as well.
Those who haven’t registered to vote must do so, of course, but those who have moved since the last election need to register again.
Early ballots will be mailed to Nebraska residents beginning September 29th.
Nebraska residents need to visit their local county election offices by October 24th to register to vote in the November election. Residents can also register at the local motor vehicle office.
“Now, you could say well that’s two months away; yes, but time flies,” Gale says. “Summer is over. What happened to summer? Same thing is going to happen in terms of heading into this election cycle.”
You can go to the Secretary of State’s website by clicking here to print a voter registration form. Registered voters can also check their registration status and polling place location at the website.
If you have questions about voter registration, contact your county election office or call the Secretary of State’s office toll free at (888) 727-0007.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]