Redistricting 2021

All Nebraska counties, including Douglas, are evaluating voting districts in 2021 based on 2020 Census data.


Definitions

Decennial Census

“Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to determine the number of people living in the United States as required in the United States Constitution, Article 1, Sections 2 and 9. The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the census in years ending in zero, on Census Day, which is April 1.” [Source: census.gov]

Redistricting

“Redistricting is the redrawing of election boundary lines for political, administrative, or other public bodies that elect its membership by district. This includes but is not limited to congressional representatives, state representatives, local town and county councils, commissions, schools boards, and many other offices elected by voters in districts.” [Source: RedistrictingOnline.org]

Precinct

“Precinct shall mean a defined area established by law within which all registered voters cast their votes at one polling place.” [Source: Nebraska Revised Statute § 32-114] Generally, voters within the same precinct live within the majority of the same political subdivisions.

Political Subdivisions

“Shall include villages, cities of all classes, counties, school districts, learning communities, public power districts, and all other units of government …” [Source: Nebraska Revised Statute § 13-903(1)]

Reprecincting

Smaller adjustments made to voting precinct boundaries on an ongoing basis to accommodate political subdivision boundary changes and growth.


Timeframes and Process

August 12, 2021

Nebraska Legislature received data from the US Census Bureau

September 13, 2021

Nebraska Legislature convened a special session to address redistricting

October 1, 2021

County election offices will receive revised congressional and legislative boundaries from Nebraska Legislature and will begin adjusting precinct boundaries

* Precincts cannot cross legislative boundaries

* Voter participation in elections (turnout) influences precinct boundaries rather than population. “The precincts shall contain not less than 75 nor more than 1,750 registered voters based on the number of voters voting at the last statewide general election …” [Source: Nebraska Revised Statute § 13-903(1)]

November 1, 2021

Political subdivisions receive precinct boundaries from county election offices

December 30, 2021

County election offices receive revised boundaries from political subdivisions

January 5, 2022

Individuals may begin filing as candidates for offices up for election in 2022


Nebraska Revised Statutes related to Redistricting

32-553 Political subdivision; redistrict; when; procedure

32-903 Precincts; creation; requirements; election commissioner or county clerk; powers and duties


Maps and Data

Map of Current Precincts

2020 General Voter Turnout Report

Legislature-Approved Boundaries (added 10/4/2021)


Additional Resources

New Legislative District Lookup

Nebraska Legislature Redistricting Committee

United States Census Bureau

RedistrictingOnline.org