Questions Of The Week – Readers ask about voter ID, Wessels board, city snow expenses, pizza

The following questions were asked recently by inquiring readers:


Q: With the new Voter ID measure now law in Nebraska, how will that work when we enter into the Primary Election this spring?

A: The York County Clerk’s office and the Nebraska Secretary of State offer the following information:

Nebraska’s new voter ID law requires all registered Nebraska voters to present a photo Id when voting in an election in Nebraska.

Voter ID begins with the May 2024 Primary Election.

Every election in Nebraska will require identification from voters.

Photo IDs include a Nebraska driver’s license, Nebraska State ID (acquired from the DMV), Nebraska college ID, a United States passport, a military ID, a tribal ID, and hospital/assisted living facility/nursing home record.

All identification must include a photo and a name.

IDs can be expired.

How it will work:

  • When voting in person at the polls, present a photo ID or vote provisionally.
  • Voting early at the election office: present a photo ID or vote provisionally.
  • Voting early by mail: Write driver’s license/state ID number on ballot application or enclose a copy of photo ID or reasonable impediment certification with your ballot application.
  • Voting in by-mail precincts or by-mail special elections: Write driver’s license/state ID number on ballot return envelope or enclose a copy of photo ID or reasonable impediment certification in your ballot return envelope.
  • Active-duty military members, active-duty military spouses and citizens overseas covered by Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act are exempt from voter ID.

If you forget your ID, you will fill out a provisional ballot. For your ballot to count, you will need to present a photo ID to your county election office on or before the Tuesday after the election.

If you don’t have an ID, you can get a state ID for free (for voting purposes) from the Nebraska DMV. You will need to bring certain documents to get a state ID, so check with the DMV website ahead of your visit.

If you need a copy of your birth certificate to get a free state ID, you can get a free certified copy of your Nebraska birth certificate from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. This is only available if you do not have an ID and need a state ID for voting purposes.

If you cannot get an ID due to disability/illness, religious objection to being photographed, or lack of documents to obtain a free state ID, you can complete a reasonable impediment certification.


Q: During the week of Jan 8, we experienced a significant amount of snow which ultimately resulted in the City of York deciding to close several locations for two full days (Jan. 8 and 12). Some locations included were the public library, community center, city offices and the Holthus Convention Center. Can you tell me if the staff at these locations were paid 16 hours for the two days they were shut down or if they were expected to utilize their vacation time? If the City of York paid them, what was the total amount that was spent to pay the staff at those locations to stay home?

A: York City Administrator Sue Crawford said, “There are no additional labor costs to the city on a day when a city building is closed for weather. The considerations for closure include the safety risks to our staff and to our patrons, especially the kids who may venture out in dangerous cold when school is closed.”


Q: Who are the current members of the Wessels Living History Farm Board of Directors?

A: The members are Sharlene Most, Stan Schulz, Hillary Mundt, Dave Batty, Cathy Jeager, Adam Beck, Gabe Jaeger, Randy Quick and Lyle Rathje. Leslie Regier is the administrative assistant.


Q: When the York County Jail is full, they transfer inmates to other places. Can you tell me where they are transferred to?

A: The York County Corrections Facility will at times house incarcerated individuals at other facilities around the area. This would be due to overcrowding, or for the safety, security and good order of the facility. Other facilities incarcerated individuals may be moved to pending posting bond, trial or serving their sentences are Butler County Corrections, Hamilton County Corrections, Seward County Corrections, Platte County Corrections, the Reception and Treatment Center with the Nebraska Department of Corrections in Lincoln, and the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women.


Q: When the Super Bowl was on Sunday, there were so many pizza ads, people eating pizza, etc. So I got this weird idea – who invented pizza?

A: Many people credit baker Raffaele Esposito from the Naples region of Italy for first creating the dish. Others believe the history of pizza dates far further back from Esposito’s era of the late 1800s.

The pizza theory moved to America and it has evolved over the years, creating a massive industry and cultural food.


Q: This sounds campy and all, but I just love the love between Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift. My question is how old is each one of them?

A: They are each 34 years old.


Q: I absolutely loved Usher’s halftime show at the Super Bowl. Just for fun, can you list who all the headliners have been over the years?

A: Sure – here is the list.

  • 2024: Usher
  • 2023: Rihanna
  • 2022: Eminem
  • 2021: The Weeknd
  • 2020: Shakira, Jennifer Lopez
  • 2019: Maroon 5
  • 2018: Justin Timberlake
  • 2017: Lady Gaga
  • 2016: Coldplay
  • 2015: Katy Perry
  • 2014: Bruno Mars
  • 2013: Beyonce
  • 2012: Madonna
  • 2011: The Black Eyed Peas
  • 2010: The Who
  • 2009: Bruce Springsteen
  • 2008: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • 2007: Prince
  • 2006: The Rolling Stones
  • 2005: Paul McCartney
  • 2004: Janet Jackson
  • 2003: Shania Twain
  • 2002: U2
  • 2001: Aerosmith, ‘N’Sync, Britney Spears
  • 2000: Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera
  • 1999: Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan
  • 1998: Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah
  • 1997: Blues Brothers Bash featuring Dan Akroyd, John Goodman and James Belushi
  • 1996: Diana Ross
  • 1995: Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle
  • 1994: Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna and Naomi Judd
  • 1993: Michael Jackson
  • 1992: Gloria Estefan
  • 1991: New Kids on the Block
  • 1990: Salute to New Orleans
  • 1989: Be Bop Bamboozled
  • 1988: Something Grand, featuring 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes and Chubby Checker
  • 1987: Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary
  • 1986: Beat of the Future
  • 1985: A World of Children’s Dreams
  • 1984: Salute to the Superstars of the Silver Screen
  • 1983: KaleidoSuperScope
  • 1982: Salute to the 1960s and Motown
  • 1981: Mardi Gras Festival
  • 1980: Up With People
  • 1979: Salute to the Caribbean
  • 1978: From Paris
  • 1977: It’s A Small World
  • 1976: America’s Bicentennial
  • 1975: Tribute to Duke Ellington
  • 1974: A Musical America
  • 1973: Happiness Is
  • 1972: Salute to Louis Armstrong
  • 1971: Florida A & M Band
  • 1970: Carol Channing
  • 1969: Florida A & M Band
  • 1968: Grambling State Band
  • 1967: University of Arizona and Grambling State marching bands




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