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Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer is planning to vote in favor of certifying the Electoral College results to elect Joe Biden as president.  Fischer announced yesterday that even though she voted for President Donald Trump, the president's legal team failed to make the case in court that there was widespread voter fraud sufficient enough to overturn election results in any state.  Fischer went on to say that if a state's results are not counted, millions of voters will be disenfranchised. 

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The results of Nebraska’s record-setting 2020 election are official. The state canvassing board certified the results Monday with little fanfare. The all-Republican board voted 5-0 to approve the final numbers. According to the board, 966,920 voters cast ballots, amounting to roughly 3 in 4 registered voters. The all-time high for voter turnout was heavily driven by mail-in ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. The board’s vote also confirmed that Nebraska will deliver four Electoral College votes to President Donald Trump and one to President-elect Joe Biden.

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Gamblers could see new casinos in Omaha and Lincoln by this time next year now that voters have ended Nebraska’s longtime ban on the industry. Lance Morgan, the president and CEO of Ho-Chunk Inc., says the corporation plans to spend $300 million to add casinos at existing horse-racing tracks in both cities and South Sioux City. The South Sioux City project could take longer. Ho-Chunk is the economic development arm of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

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Nebraska voters are again being asked to decide whether to allow casino gambling in the state. Nebraska has a long history of outlawing slot machines and table-gambling, even as casinos have popped up in every state that borders it. A similar petition effort to get the question on the ballot in 2016 failed, and voters rejected casino ballot proposals in 2004. Opponents argue that casinos will lead to social ills such as crime and bankruptcy fueled by gambling addiction.

As if things aren’t chaotic enough in lead-up to the election, now this: A squirrel caused a power outage at the Douglas County Election Commission as people were waiting for hours in line to cast their ballots. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the lights began to flicker shortly after 3 p.m. Friday as people were in line for three hours, then the power was lost. A squirrel somehow was messing with the electrical equipment. The Omaha Public Power District was able to get the power restored by 4:30 p.m., and the office’s computers were back online by 5 p.m.

Early Ballot Applications On Their Way Through Mail

Sep 4, 2020

Early ballot applications are being mailed out across Nebraska. Secretary of State Bob Evnen says a request for a mail-in ballot is going to every registered voter in the state, calling it a "good option" for those who have concerns about voting at the polls in November. The first early ballots will be sent out on September 28th, with the U.S. Postal Service recommending the ballots be returned by October 27th.

 

Medical Marijuana To Be On November Ballot

Aug 27, 2020

A group calling for medical marijuana in Nebraska is saying it has collected enough signatures to force a vote on the issue.  Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana says it has collected signatures from more than 10-percent of the state's registered voters to put their constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot.  Officials say the campaign also collected signatures from at least five-percent of registered voters in 48 of the state's 93 counties.

Ashford Declines To Run As Write-In Candidate

Aug 25, 2020

Former Nebraska Congressman Brad Ashford is planning to launch a write-in bid for the U.S. Senate.  Ashford says he will move forward with the campaign if current Democratic Senate nominee Chris Janicek  does not withdraw from the race.  Janicek, who has faced sexual harassment allegations, takes on incumbent Republican Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse in the November general election.  Sasse and Janicek will hold a debate Friday, September 4th at 7:00 p.m. The debate will be hosted by N-E-T Nebraska.

Early voting applications will be mailed to Nebraska residents for the November general election.  Nebraska Secretary of State Bon Evnen says the applications will be sent to any registered voter whose county did not already send them one.  The first mail-in ballots will be sent to voters on September 28th, and the deadline to request an early ballot is October 23rd.  KMTV reports at least three mailboxes in downtown Lincoln near the state capitol were tagged for removal. A USPS spokesman didn't return a request for comment, but by late yesterday morning the tags had been removed.

Thousands of Douglas County residents are applying to vote by mail in the November election.  Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse says his office has received more than 100-thousand requests for mail-in ballots so far.  Ballots won't be mailed out until September 28th, but the deadline to request a ballot is October 23rd at 6:00 p.m. Douglas County election officials are also calling for volunteers to work at the November 3rd election.

The Douglas County board has approved spending $1.85 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to buy a mobile command center for the sheriff's office. The decision came despite objections from board members who said the money should be used for rent assistance and other human needs. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the board voted 4-2 Tuesday to approve the expenditure. Sheriff Tim Dunning and supporters said the vehicle could be used for mass vaccinations in rural areas. Coronavirus numbers continue to climb in Nebraska.

College athletes in Nebraska may soon be able to sign endorsement deals with sneaker companies, car dealerships and other sponsors under a bill approved by lawmakers. Lawmakers gave the measure final approval on Tuesday with a 37-6 vote. The measure would apply to student-athletes at the University of Nebraska and its smaller state colleges. It would cover athletes in all sports, although Nebraska’s football, basketball and volleyball players are likely to have the most money-making opportunities.

State officials say a record number of people are requesting a mail-in ballot for the upcoming primary election. Nebraska Secretary of State Robert Evnen says his office has received 271-thousand requests for mail in ballots, with another 40-to-50-thousand yet to be processed. Secretary Evnen says if everyone who requested a ballot votes, it would break the record for a Nebraska primary set in 2016. He says the state is also taking steps to protect poll workers and voters who decide to cast their ballot in person.

(Omaha, NE)  --  Voter turnout in north Omaha is on the rise.  Officials from Omaha's Black Lives Matter group say more than 14-thousand north Omaha residents went to the polls on Election Day.  That's nearly five-thousand more voters than the 93-hundred who cast ballots during the 2014 midterm election.  Omaha Black Lives Matter CEO Preston Love Junior says the group will continue to register voters in an effort to increase turnout.

Today is Election Day in Nebraska.  Voters will head to the polls to decide several key races.  Incumbent Republican Governor Pete Ricketts takes on Democratic challenger Bob Krist, incumbent Republican Senator Deb Fischer faces Democratic Lincoln City Council Member Jane Raybould and all three of the state's U.S. House seats will be decided.  Polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. central time.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says he will challenge a temporary injunction placed on parts of the state's new voter ID law.

Last week, Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse announced his office is implementing an early voting request list.