Voting in the May Primary

The Nebraska Primary Election is scheduled for May 12, 2020. This election covers primary voting for US President,  US Congressional Representatives, US Senate District 1, some state Senators (odd numbered districts), and several county and local positions including some School Board, OPPD, College Regents, County Commissioners, etc. depending on where you live and what districts you are in. To see who is on your ballot, visit here 5 weeks before the primary, which for this election means they should be up by April 7.

The following information has been curated from the resources provided by the Douglas County Election Commission. Visit their website at https://www.votedouglascounty.com/

Register to Vote/ Checking your registration

Please register to vote! This can be done online, mail in, or in person. Instructions for all of those options are here.

*During Covid-19, we recommend online or mail in registration. Online is easiest, but if you do not have a Nebraska driver’s license or ID, you must use the mail in option.

Voter Registration is due 2 weeks before the Primary. The deadline this election is April 27 for in person and online. Mail in registration must be post marked by April 24. See more about those deadlines here.

Be sure to re-register if you move, change your name, or want to change your party affiliation. This is easiest to do online here.

If you want to check your registration and polling place, go here. You can check where your polling place is and what your party affiliation is.

Voting Options

As of now, voting in person is still an option in Douglas County (as of March 25). Polls are open between 8 am and 8 pm at your designated polling place (find that here) on May 12.

The other main way to vote is through an early voting. This can be done in person at certain locations (more on those details here) or on a mail in ballot.

*If you are not comfortable going to the polls during the pandemic, register for an early voting mail in ballot!

Early Voting Mail In Ballots

Fill out this Early Voting request form. You also should receive an early voting application in the mail that can be returned once filled out.

Mail that form to 12220 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE 68144 or email a scanned version to earlyvoting@votedouglascounty.com

This request must be submitted by May 1. You can do it now!

Your ballot will be mailed to you starting April 6, or a few days after you submit your Early Voting request form.

Once you have received your ballot, you can mail it back or drop it off at one of several drop-off locations listed here.

Early Voting ballots are due May 12 by dropping off at a drop box location by 8 pm or by mailing. If mailing, the election commission must receive the ballot by May 12- plan early!

See more official details about this process at VoteDouglasCounty.com

Staying Connected: how to use Zoom

IPL and OTOC have begun to use Zoom for most meetings, including some new ones to help us all stay connected.

If you’ve never used Zoom before, we’ve compiled some resources to get you started. Don’t be intimidated!

Basic Instructions

For each Zoom meeting, click the link provided when it is time for the meeting. This is what that looks like:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/787401155?pwd=TUdQVTlsdG9INk4rdnFweDZFZTZLdz09
Meeting ID: 787 401 155
Password: 044698

You should not need the meeting ID or Password. Once you click on the link, it will ask if Zoom can run on your computer. Click yes, and the Zoom meeting window should open.

There is also a call-in option if you are unable to try the online video. Video is recommended if your computer or device has a webcam or camera, but if you don’t you can use the call in numbers. This is what that looks like:

Dial by your location
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 301 715 8592 US
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
+1 253 215 8782 US
Meeting ID: 787 401 155

You do not need to be signed up with Zoom to join meetings. If you would like a Zoom account, you can set that up here and click the “Sign up, it’s free” button. But again, you do not have to create an account. As long as you have the link for a particular meeting, you can get in.

Basic Instructions by device:

Before the Call

  • You can join the call using your computer, smartphone, or landline.
  • With your computer, allow Zoom to download and run as an application on your computer.
  • With your smartphone, install the “ZOOM Cloud Meetings” app. If you don’t want to use the app, call in as with a landline
  • You will have the option to check your audio and/or video before you join the call
  • You do not need to create an account with Zoom to access the call

Joining a Zoom MeetingFor computer and smartphone app:

  • Click on the “Join Zoom Meeting” link found in your email invite and connect directly
  • OR open the Zoom website ( https://zoom.us/join) or Zoom app. Use the Meeting ID (and password if required) to access the meeting
  • Follow prompts to allow the program to access your microphone and/or camera

For phone/landline:

  • Dial the phone number listed in your email invite. There may be several possible numbers listed. Choose the closest geographic location (Chicago) if you have multiple options.
  • The call will prompt you to enter the Meeting ID followed by # sign. Then you will be asked to input your participant ID if you have one, just hit # sign again.

Participating in a Zoom meeting

  • Once you’ve joined the call, there are several settings you can adjust when using your smartphone app or computer
  • On a phone, mute or unmute your phone by pressing *6. It’s recommended to keep your phone muted when you’re not talking to minimize background noise.

More resources and information:

Using Zoom (with pictures)

Zoom Basics and Tips

Video tutorial

Zoom.us resources and tutorials

Still confused?

On whatever devise you are using just click on the link and follow the prompts, that’s the easiest way.

Ask Greta for any help. We can all learn together!  gretalovem@gmail.com