We vote for THAT? Decoding the 2020 Nebraska Primary ballot

Decoding the Ballot is a guide to the elected offices upon which Nebraskans regularly vote, as well as what those offices are actually responsible for.


Like you, we believe that democracy is strongest when our society is engaged and informed. That’s never more true than when we mark our ballots to choose the direction of our community, state, and nation.

A primary election ballot can be confusing. Sure, you’ve likely been paying attention to the big races like those for president. But as a voter, it’s possible you’ll encounter a race or two on your ballot that will be a surprise to you. You might think, Hmm, I didn’t know we voted for that.

That’s why before each primary and general election Civic Nebraska offers Decoding the Ballot, an informational guide to the elected offices upon which Nebraskans regularly vote, as well as for what those offices are actually responsible.

We’ve assembled this resource so you can pair it with your independent research on individual candidates for the various elected offices on the ballot this spring. Decoding the Ballot doesn’t parse candidates’ talking points into sound bites for you to mull – during an election year, there are no shortage of voters’ guides in local newspapers, official campaign materials, and websites.

Decoding the Ballot provides much-needed context for you about the duties and responsibilities of the offices that are entrusted to the will of the voters, so you can make informed decisions on who is best to fill each role.

Check out the 2020 edition of Decoding the Ballot here. Bookmark the link and check the guide often as campaigns and candidates begin to make their final pitches to the voters in the coming weeks and months.

Not yet registered to vote in Nebraska? You can take care of that right now by going here. It takes just a few minutes to become a registered voter.

Really excited – even determined – to cast your ballot? Go here to take our pledge to vote in 2020. Doing so will give you the option to learn about opportunities to get more involved in the 2020 election with Civic Nebraska’s Voting Rights Initiatives team.

Support our fight for open, accessible elections? Donate to democracy by chipping in to Civic Nebraska.

Eager to help protect your rights and the rights of other voters? Go here to become a Voting Rights Advocate today.

For more information on Voting Rights Advocacy by Civic Nebraska, email elections@civicnebraska.org.

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