The League of Women Voters will organize electoral forums


HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – The Hastings League of Women Voters is again holding forums ahead of the November 8 general election to ensure people are well informed when they go to the polls.

September 22 Hastings City Council Rooms A and B of Hastings Public Library 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
September 23 Adams County and NE State Board of Education District Deeds Registry Adams County YWCA (brown bag BYO) Noon to 1 p.m.
October 3 Hastings Public School Board Lincoln Elementary School 7 p.m.
October 7 Constitutional amendment to voter identification Adams County YWCA (brown bag BYO) Midday
October 14 Raise the minimum wage Adams County YWCA (brown bag BYO) Midday

Forum co-chair Judy Reimer said the League of Women Voters has been helping educate people for more than 100 years. They organize these forums in the hope that people can better understand what is on the ballot.

She said this is in line with the group’s mission as they believe that democratic government depends on the informed and active participation of citizens.

Reimer said they normally try to keep it local, but said it was important to have information forums regarding the two ballot initiatives that voters will decide in November.

“I think that’s always been a concern for all of us when we approach a petition or a matter that creates a constitutional amendment,” she said. “I think we have to look at that very carefully.”

She added that it is very important that people know the language, its meaning and its impact.

Reimer said she has been with the League of Women Voters for over 30 years and says she has never been disappointed as she has learned about the community, the process it takes to make a law and get answers to questions.

Reimer said that people, especially the younger generations, get their information from social media or other avenues and so the group strives to spread the correct information to continue educating people.

She hopes people will continue to be engaged as it is disappointing to see low turnout at election time.

“Our ancestors didn’t work as hard and as long to get the right to vote and I don’t want anyone to think that’s something we can just take for granted,” she said.

Important dates for the 2022 elections
October 3 Early Day 1 ballots to be mailed
21st of October Last day for online and mail-in voter registration
October 22 Last day for walk-in voter registration
October 28 Deadline for early ballots to be requested to be mailed
November 7 Last day to vote in advance at the county clerk or election office
November 8 Deadline to return early ballots to the Election Commission office or drop box, 8:00 p.m. CT
Statewide General Election Day 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT – in-person voting.

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