Two Bellevue residents are once again going head to head for the District 3 seat in the Nebraska Legislature. Incumbent Sen. Tommy Garrett will face Bellevue City Councilwoman Carol Blood. The two faced each other in 2014, when Blood lost by 666 votes in the district that includes parts of Bellevue and Papillion.
|Public offices held||Bellevue City Council, 2008 to present|
|Education||Adams Central High School, graduate; Metropolitan Community College, student|
|Family||Married, three children|
Retired Air Force colonel; president and CEO, the Garrett Group
|Public offices held||Nebraska state senator, 2013-present|
|Education||Colorado State University, business management degree; Troy State University, international relations masters degree; National War College, national security strategy masters degree|
|Family||Married, three children|
Three ways to register
» Online at nebraska.gov/apps-sos-voter-registration.
» Register in person at an election commission office, the DMV, or in Douglas County, any of Omaha’s 12 library branches.
Visit www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov to check whether you’re registered to vote and find your polling place. If you think you should be able to vote at a polling place but there’s a problem with the registration, request to fill out a provisional ballot. The election commission will collect them and then has a week to verify whether you are eligible to vote.
To request an early ballot
You must request an early voting ballot in writing for each election. In Douglas and Sarpy Counties, voters should receive in the mail soon a card that includes an application for early voting. If you’ve already submitted a request for an early voting ballot, you can ignore it. If you haven’t, you can fill out the form on the card and then mail, fax or — for the first time this year — email a picture to the election commission. Just don’t forget to sign the request, otherwise it’s not valid. You can also vote in person at the election commission office. (Sample ballot)
To turn in an early ballot
You can mail the ballot to your election commission or turn it in to a drop box. In Douglas County, voters can now fold their early ballots. That means voters will likely need only one stamp. In Sarpy County, voters still must mail in their ballots without creases.
Here are the Douglas County drop box locations, open Oct. 3-Nov. 8:
City/County Building (1819 Farnam St.)
South Omaha Branch Library (2808 Q St.)
Washington Branch Library (2868 Ames Ave.)
Ralston Police Department (7400 Main St., Ralston)
Abrahams Branch Library (5111 N. 90th St.)
Douglas County Election Commission (225 N. 115th St.)
Drive-up location (115th and Davenport Streets, on median)
Douglas County Engineer’s Office (15505 West Maple Road)
Millard Public Schools Foundation (5225 S. 159th Ave.)
Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch Library (2100 Reading Plaza)
Oct. 3: First day for early voting ballots to be mailed.
Oct. 11: First day to vote early in person at election commission office.
Oct. 21: Deadline to register to vote online, by mail, at agencies, at the DMV office, by deputy registrar or by registration form that’s delivered to the election office by someone other than the person registering
Oct. 28: Deadline for in-person voter registration at election commission office, 6 p.m. Deadline for early voting ballots to be requested to be mailed to a specific address, 6 p.m. Deadline for write-in candidates to file notarized affidavit and filing fee with filing officer.
Nov. 7: Deadline for in-person early voting at election commission office, 5 p.m. (Sarpy County office closes at 4:45 p.m.)
Nov. 8: Election Day! Polls open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. 7 p.m.: Deadline for agent to pick up early voting ballot. 8 p.m.: Deadline to return early voting ballot to election commission office or drop box location
Nov. 15: Deadline for verification of provisional ballots
To contact your election commission
Douglas County Election Commission: www.votedouglascounty.com; 402-444-8683; 225 N. 115th St., Omaha, NE 68154
Sarpy County Election Commission: www.sarpy.com/election; 402-593-2167; 501 Olson Drive, Suite 4, Papillion, NE 68046