League of Women Voters to host election forums

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Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 6:02 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings League of Women Voters is once again hosting forums ahead of the November 8 general election to make sure people are well informed when they head to the polls.

September 22Hastings City CouncilHastings Public Library Rooms A & B5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
September 23Adams County Register of Deeds & NE State Board of Education DistrictAdams County YWCA (BYO brown bag)Noon to 1 p.m.
October 3Hastings Public School BoardLincoln Elementary School7 p.m.
October 7Voter ID Constitutional AmendmentAdams County YWCA (BYO brown bag)Noon
October 14Raising the Minimum WageAdams County YWCA (BYO brown bag)Noon

Forum co-chair Judy Reimer said the League of Women Voters has been helping educate people for more than 100 years. They do these forums in hopes people can get a better understanding of what’s on the ballot.

She said it goes with the group’s mission as they believe a democratic government depends on informed and active participation of citizens.

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

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

She added that it’s very important that people know the language and what that language means and how it will impact.

Reimer said she’s been a part of the League of Women Voters for more than 30 years and says she’s never been disappointed as she’s learned things about the community, about the process of what it takes to make a law and gets answers to questions.

Reimer said people, especially younger generations, are getting their information from social media or other avenues and so the group works to put out the correct information to keep educating people.

She hopes people continue to be engaged as it’s disappointing to see low turnout when it comes time for elections.

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

Important 2022 Election Dates
October 31st day early voting ballots to be mailed
October 21Last day for voter registration by online and mail
October 22Last day for voter registration by walk-in
October 28Deadline for early voting ballots to be requested to be mailed
November 7Last day for early voting at the county clerk or election office
November 8Deadline to return early voting ballots to election commission office or drop box location, 8:00 p.m. CT
Statewide General Election Day 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. CT - in person voting.