From Nebraskans for Civic Reform

Contact: Adam Morfeld, 402-613-0724, adam.morfeld@nereform.org

The analysis that is being published by The Reader and independently reviewed and analyzed by Nebraskans for Civic Reform is comprehensive, telling, and confirms an acute and disproportionate impact on certain segments of Douglas County. The analysis examines the impact of the Douglas County polling place closures based on income, race, age, mobility, and factors in average distance to polling place and average amount of polling locations lost based on the above factors.

Below is a summary of the most compelling data from the analysis. If you have any questions please contact Adam Morfeld, executive director, Nebraskans for Civic Reform at 402-613-0724.

Brief Summary of Data Analysis

DISPARITY BY GEOGRAPHY: If you live east of 72nd St., the percentage increase in distance to your polling place is TWICE that if you live west of 72nd St.

DISPARITY BY INCOME: If you live in a census tract with a median household income between $25,000 and $50,000, the percentage increase in distance to your polling place is THREE TIMES than if you live in a census tract with a median household income above $50,000.

DISPARITY BY ETHNICITY: If you live in a census tract with a minority population exceeding 20 percent, the percentage increase in distance to your polling place is FIVE TIMES than if you live in a census tract with a minority population between 10 and 20 percent.

DISPARITY BY EDUCATION: If you live in a census tract where less than 10 percent of the population holds a bachelors degree, the percentage increase in distance to your polling place is FIVE TIMES than if you live in a census tract where more than 50 percent of the population holds a bachelors degree.

Who is Nebraskans for Civic Reform?

Nebraskans for Civic Reform (NCR) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to protect voting rights, make elections more accessible and strengthen K-12 civic education. NCR was founded in 2008 by young professionals and its Board of Directors consists of both Republicans and Democrats.

Polling Place Closure Data Impact Analysis