Decoding the Ballot: 2019 Lincoln election edition

The 2019 general election edition is an informational guide to the elected offices upon which Lincolnites vote and a breakdown of the duties and responsibilities and duties of those offices.


In less than a week, Lincolnites will choose a new mayor, several new city council and school board members, as well as weigh in on other leadership positions and changes to the City Charter. While the May 7 general election ballot may be briefer than last year’s state and federal elections, there is still plenty for Lincolnites to learn about their ballots before voting.

That’s why we’ve built a new edition of our popular voting aid, Decoding the Ballot. The 2019 version is an informational guide to the elected offices upon which Lincolnites vote, as well as a breakdown of those offices’ duties and responsibilities.

We’ve assembled this resource so Lincolnites can pair it with the May 7 citywide general election sample ballot, as well as their independent research on individual candidates for the various elected offices up during the city’s election.

Click on the image to see the May 7 Lincoln municipal edition of Decoding the Ballot.

Decoding the Ballot doesn’t parse candidates’ talking points into sound bites — in Lincoln, there has been no shortage of voters’ guides in local newspapers, official campaign materials, and websites, or public forums to introduce candidates to Star City voters. It provides much-needed context 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.

Find our current Decoding the Ballot form here, and check the guide often as primary campaigns and candidates make their final pitches to the voters in the next few days.

Questions? Let Director of Voting Rights John Cartier know.

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