Changes Coming to This Year's Primary Ballots


This year's primary ballot may look a little shorter than normal due to new legislation.

LB 56 was passed during the current legislative session and allows Republican and Democratic candidates in county races to advance to general election without appearing on the primary ballot if they are uncontested.

"The change affects partisan races in nearly every county," said Gale. "In several counties, all of the candidates running for county office will automatically advance. They won't even appear on the ballot."

This will keep ballots shorter in many precincts seeing multiple races automatically advance. Gale says that may help save some counties significant money due to lower printing costs.

However, Gale also said it means that some candidates may feel they are at a disadvantage, because they will not have the recognition that comes with having their name on the primary ballot.

He said, "Those candidates may have to work harder to let voters know who they are. It will also be up to the voters to learn more about the candidates who appear only on the general ballot." Find a link to your county's election office on NTV's Politics page.

Also impacting primary elections this year are the state Democratic and Libertarian parties opening of their primary elections. This allows nonpartisan voters to vote in any race where their party is nominating a candidate for partisan office. Those voters can request a partisan ballot early from their county election office or at their polling place on Election Day.

The first wave of early voting ballots will be mailed out to voters starting April 7. The first day to vote early at county election offices is April 12.

The Nebraska primary is May 13.

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