Decoding the Ballot: 2024 Nebraska Elections

DECODING THE BALLOT is a nonpartisan guide designed to bring clarity to your options in the 2024 primary and general elections.

Welcome to Decoding the Ballot 2024! This nonpartisan resource from Civic Nebraska explains the roles, responsibilities, and compensation for elected offices on ballots for the May 14 primary election and November 5 general election in Nebraska. Each entry has a brief description of the office’s responsibilities, terms, and salary, if applicable. For more information, please contact our Election Protection Line at 402.890.5291, visit Election 2024 Central or email me at
Thank you for being an informed participant in your democracy!
Heather Engdahl, Director of Voting Rights, Civic Nebraska

Federal offices

4-year term beginning Jan. 20, 2025
$400,000 annually
The United States will hold a presidential election on November 5, 2024. This will be the 60th presidential election in U.S. history.
Elected indirectly by citizens through the Electoral College, the president serves a four-year term. As chief executive, the president presides over the cabinet and has responsibility for the management of the executive branch. With the advice and consent of the Senate, the president also has the power to make treaties and to appoint ambassadors, U.S. officers, and judges to federal courts. He is also the commander in chief of the armed forces. The president signs laws and can veto bills that have passed Congress.
The president is elected by receiving 270 or more electoral votes, of which Nebraska has five. Ours is one of two U.S. states that allow for the splitting of electoral votes by Congressional District. This has occurred twice in Nebraska’s history, in 2008 and 2020.
2-year term
$174,000 annually
Voters will elect three candidates to serve in the United States House of Representatives from each of our state’s three U.S. House districts.
Also referred to as congressmen or congresswomen, representatives are elected to a two-year term serving the people of a specific congressional district. Among other duties, representatives introduce bills and resolutions, offer amendments, and serve on committees. Since 1913, the number of representatives with full voting rights has been 435. The number of representatives per state is proportionate to its population.
To be elected, a representative must be at least 25 years old, a United States citizen for at least seven years, and an inhabitant of the state he or she represents.
6-year term
$174,000 annually
Nebraska voters will select two members to serve in the U.S. Senate in the November 5, 2024, general election. The regularly scheduled election on Nov. 5 will fill the Class I Senate seat held by U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), who first took office in 2013. Also, a special election will be held to fill the final two years of the current six-year term that former U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) was elected to in 2020. Sasse resigned from the Senate on January 8, 2023. On January 12, 2023, Pete Ricketts was appointed to fill the vacant seat by Gov. Jim Pillen.
The U.S. Senate is made up of 100 Senators, two from each of the 50 U.S. states. Senators’ terms are staggered so that one-third of the body is up for re-election every two years.
As in the U.S. House, Senators have the power to introduce, debate, and vote on proposed legislation. Senators also vote to confirm presidential appointments that require consent and provide advice and consent to ratify treaties. The Senate also tries impeachment cases for federal officials referred to it by the House.
Senators must be 30 years of age, U.S. citizens for at least nine years, and residents of the state they represent.

Statewide offices

Limited to two consecutive 4-year terms
$12,000 annually
The state is divided into 49 legislative districts, each home to approximately 35,000 people. This year, 25 of the 49 districts are up for election. They include Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, and 49. See legislative district map
A single Legislature exists for two years, called a biennium. There are two regular lawmaking sessions per biennium. Each regular session begins in January.
Nebraska is unique in that it is the only state legislature in the country that is unicameral (one-house) legislature. Legislative authority and responsibilities include passing bills on public policy matters, setting levels for state spending, raising and lowering taxes, and voting to uphold or override gubernatorial vetoes.
6-year term
The Board of Regents is the governing body for the University of Nebraska System. The board is made up of eight voting members. The board also includes four non-voting student regents, one from each institution in the university system. These students serve during their tenures as student body presidents.
Regents provide strategic leadership to the university system. Among its many duties, the most important include selecting the president of the university, approving the budget, and setting tuition rates.
Three of eight seats on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents are up for election in 2024. They are Districts 3, 4, and 5 (see map).  
4-year term

The Nebraska State Board of Education sets policy and ensures that the Nebraska Department of Education functions within the framework developed by the Legislature and the board. The board and the department have broad leadership functions to carry out certain regulatory and service activities.
A 1952 constitutional amendment established the Nebraska Department of Education, which acts under the authority of the State Board of Education. In 1967, the Legislature divided the state into eight districts, and the board’s membership increased from six to eight members in 1969. The districts were realigned by the 2021 Legislature. Members are not paid but are reimbursed for expenses.
Four of eight seats on the board are up for election in 2024. They are Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4 (see map).
6-year term
$75,000 annually
The Nebraska Public Service Commission regulates telecommunications carriers, natural gas jurisdictional utilities, major oil pipelines, railroad safety, household goods movers and passenger carriers, grain warehouses and dealers, construction of manufactured and modular homes and recreational vehicles, high voltage electric transmission lines, and private water company rates.
The Commission is active on local, state, and national levels and contributes on all levels to determine policy regarding the future of communications and universal service. 
In 2024, two of five seats on the Commission will be up for election. They are Districts 1 and 3 (see map).


6-year term
$212,300 annually
The Nebraska Supreme Court is made up of a chief justice who represents the state at large and is appointed by the governor from a statewide list of candidates selected by a judicial nominating commission. Six  associate justices are chosen by the same judicial nominating commission procedure, with each representing one of six districts.  These judicial districts are roughly equal in population and are redistricted by the Nebraska Legislature after each census (see map).

The Nebraska Supreme Court hears appeals and provides administrative leadership for the state judicial system. The Supreme Court also hears all appellate cases regarding the death penalty, the sentence of life imprisonment, or constitutional questions. 

Besides appeals, the Supreme Court is responsible for the regulation of the practice of law in Nebraska. The Court handles the admission of attorneys to the Nebraska State Bar Association and attorney discipline. This membership is mandatory to practice law within the state.  The Supreme Court also monitors and appoints attorneys to serve on local committees of inquiry, as well as state committees on discipline and professional responsibility.

A judge can stand for retention for subsequent six-year terms after being appointed to the bench. In 2024, District 3 Associate Justice Stephanie Stacy stands for retention. 


After School Programs

  • Sherman Elementary School

    5618 N 14th Ave.
    Omaha, NE 68110

  • Lewis and Clark Middle School

    6901 Burt St.
    Omaha, NE 68132

  • Lothrop Magnet Elementary

    3300 N. 22nd St.
    Omaha, NE 68110

  • Campbell Elementary School

    2200 Dodge St.
    Lincoln, NE 68521

  • Lincoln High School

    2229 J St.
    Lincoln, NE 68510

  • Lincoln Northeast High School

    2635 N. 63rd St.
    Lincoln, NE 68507