Just a brief article to provide links so people may examine results of the election in Nebraska in more detail. I humbly suggest that among the motivations one could glean from Tuesday’s election results, would be to turn more of our attention to the happenings within in our own state. For one thing – WHY are there so MANY government bodies on our ballots necessitating all of these candidates? Do we really need all of these entities and all of these people?
And another issue to ponder, which we all might find reasons to appreciate: what policies of government have created incentives for increases in the populations of the state’s two largest cities and decreases in the rural part of the state? Is it that rural Nebraskans are migrating into the cities, is it an influx of a new population and out-migration of young people after they graduate from high school and college, or some combination? We might also ask if this is a healthy phenomenon or bodes well for the future of the state if it continues. To wit, if it wasn’t for Nebraskans outside of Lancaster and Douglas Counties, we would be sending Bob Kerrey back to the U.S. Senate in January.
Douglas County – 212,009 votes total: Deb Fischer 48.85% – 103,560 votes, Bob Kerrey 51.15% – 108,449 votes
Lancaster County – 122,972 votes total: Deb Fischer 46.46% – 57,138 votes, Bob Kerrey 53.54% – 65,834 votes
A total of 765,672 votes were cast in the U.S. Senate race, with Fischer: 445,443 and Kerrey: 320,229. 54% of Bob Kerrey’s votes came from Douglas and Lancaster counties.
Now we can just pray that Senator-Elect Deb Fischer will actually behave like a conservative when she gets to Washington, D.C.
I’ll be reporting in more detail at the end of the week about another set of trends in Nebraska – voter registration. I’ve taken a look at the changes in those numbers from 2000 – 2012, and they are fascinating. Since the trends statewide are of interest, I pulled together links to each Nebraska county website which reports their results online. Some readers might find a few clicks interesting, if for no other reason than it’s fascinating to see the variations in the kinds of county websites around the state.
Beyond this, it’s easier to look at county level results directly, in most cases – at least it allows one to focus on specific information, rather than trolling through 90+ counties’ information on the Secretary of State’s website, at least that’s true for more localized issues and races.
I’ve found that particular true in looking for results related to what appeared on my ballot. The Lancaster County Election Commissioner’s website may be the most user-friendly government site in the state, so kudos to David Shively for doing a great job. So, there you go, y’all who think I can never give a compliment to a government official.
One could say that the title of this article is a bit “misleading” but it is technically accurate: I provided links to every county in Nebraska which publishes them online. Note that some of these links are directly to PDF documents of the results or to a link provided for results which doesn’t appear to have been updated yet (these are noted). I note that some PDFs are linked directly, because, depending upon your browser settings, you may find a download prompt popping up.
It was an interesting trip around the state, looking for these links, in that it shows the variety in types of websites and extent of information available (or not).
(Arthur, not available)
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Custer (not updated as of November 7 @4:00am)
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Holt (not updated as of November 7 @4:00am)
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(Keya Paha, not available)
Lincoln (no results posted as of November 7 @4:00am)
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Rock (not updated as of November 7 @4:00am)
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Shelli Dawdy is first and foremost the mother of three children whom she has taught at home via the classical method since removing her children from school in 2001. During her early years as a homeschool mother, she worked part-time as a freelance writer. Born and raised in the Iowa, Shelli and her husband moved to the state of South Dakota in 1997, attracted to its more limited government and friendly tax environment. In 2006, Shelli and her family relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska, when her husband’s employer offered a new position. She took a break from work and politics for a time, recognizing the need to focus solely on her childrens’ schooling with two now of high school age. Distressed by many things she was witnessing on the national political scene and disillusioned about the Republican Party, she decided to start writing again, this time online. Motivated to get involved with others at the grassroots level, she networked with activists on the social media tool, Twitter. She was involved in organizing the first tea party rallies inspired by Rick Santelli’s “rant” on CNBC in February 2009. Recognizing that activism should generate on the local level, she founded Grassroots in Nebraska in March of 2009. The group’s mission is a return to Constitutional, limited government, according to its original meaning. While the group has held several tea party rallies, it’s focus is to take effective action. Among its many projects, GiN successfully coordinated testimony for the hearing of the Nebraska Sovereignty Resolution, networked with other groups to ensure a large show of public support at the hearing, and coordinated follow up support to ensure its passage in April 2010. While working to build up GiN throughout 2009, she was asked to work as writer and producer of the documentary film, A New America, which lays out how Progressivism is responsible for how America has moved away from its Constitutional roots. You can see more of her work on Grassroots in Nebraska (GiN) and StubbornFacts