Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
If you like voting for the Omaha School Board you’ll love the latest vote by the Nebraska Legislature.
As lawmakers easily pushed ahead a bill reducing the size of the troubled board from 12 members to nine on Wednesday, they also set in motion a series of elections—with some board candidates looking to be on four ballots in less than 20 months.
Still standing is State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh’s original plan which finds candidates from each new district squaring off in this April 2nd’s primary election. The top two vote-getters in each district will advance to the May general election.
But by a vote of 26-10, backing a move by Omaha Sen. Burke Harr, lawmakers also OK’d another set of elections.
Following this spring’s votes the OPS elections would be moved back to where they’ve been for years—staggered elections in even numbered years.
In 2014 four of the district’s nine seats— the four even numbered seats— would be up; in 2016 the five odd numbered seats would go before the voters.
One more vote is needed to send the bill to the governor. In order for the plan to take effect immediately and set the spring elections in motion the bill will need at least 33 votes, which appears likely.
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