ADP Events

In partnership with the World Theatre, Kearney’s non-profit, volunteer-run cinema, UNK ADP hosts a fall-semester film series. Each title focuses on some democratic theme.

November 12, 2019. ADP celebrates the 20th anniversary of Alexander Payne’s Election. Set (and filmed) in a suburban Omaha high school, this dark comedy explores politics, political ambition, and educational ethics (or is it morals?) through the lens of a student government election. Discussion panel to follow with Dr. Sam Umland (English), Dr. Diane Duffin (Political Science), Dr. Rebecca Nelson (Teacher Education), and Dr. Chandra Diaz (Teacher Education). 

Divided We Fall
October 8,  2019. Divided We Fall, takes a critical look at the 2011 Wisconsin uprising, when state employees occupied the capitol in Madison to protest state budget cuts and threats to collective bargaining rights.



Constitution Day recognizes the date on which delegates to the Philadelphia Convention finalized and signed the US Constitution, September 17, 1787. This year, ADP hosted a pub-trivia style competition, quizzing participants on questions pulled from US citizenship tests. The top three teams took home prizes.

Register to vote in Nebraska, change your address on your voter registration record, affiliate with a party or change your party affiliation, and change your name on your voter registration record.

Upcoming Elections:
Primary Election: May 10, 2022
General Election: November 8, 2022

Mail-in voter registrations must be postmarked by the 3rd Friday preceding an election.

Voter registration closes at motor vehicle offices, state agencies, and online through the Secretary of State’s website on the 3rd Friday preceding an election.

In-person voter registration at County Election Offices ends at 6 p.m. the 2nd Friday preceding an election. This includes registration changes such as updating an address.

Registered voters can make requests until the close of business the 2nd Friday preceding an election for Early Voting ballots to be mailed. The day before the election is the deadline for in-person Early Voting at County Election Offices.

8 p.m. Central Time / 7 p.m. Mountain Time Election Day, (the hour set for the polls to close), is the deadline for all Early Voting ballots to be returned to the County Election Office.

The American Democracy Project, Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Tau Delta, and the Writing Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney seeks submissions from Nebraska high school students to a writing contest. The theme of this year's contest is "Democracy." Students may submit a composition in one category: essay, poem, or short stories. The contest will be judged by UNK undergraduate students.

Our campus has received our report on student voting participation in the 2020 general election. UNK belongs to a consortium led by Tufts University that cross references state-provided voter turnout data against IPEDs data to create a profile of student voting behavior on each member campus. We are absolutely thrilled to report that 66.1% of UNK students voted in 2020, up from 51% in 2016. The following files may be used to view our UNK report.

UNK 2020 Voter Turnout Summary

UNK 2020 Voter Turnout Full Report