Nebraska Revised Statute 23-204

Chapter 23


Supervisor districts; formation; election of supervisors.

On the second Tuesday after the election under section 23-201 adopting township organization in any county, the county attorney, county clerk, and county treasurer of the county shall meet at the county seat of such county and shall, within three days from and after the first day of meeting, divide such county into seven districts to be known as supervisor districts. Such districts shall be divided as nearly as possible with regular boundary lines and in regular and compact form and shapes, and each of such districts shall as nearly as possible have the same number of inhabitants as any other district. No voting precinct shall be divided by any such district, except that in counties having cities of more than one thousand inhabitants as determined by the most recent federal decennial census or the most recent revised certified count by the United States Bureau of the Census and when such cities have more inhabitants than the average outlying district, the county board shall add enough contiguous territory to such city so that the inhabitants in such city and contiguous territory equal the inhabitants of two of the other districts. The county attorney, county clerk, and county treasurer shall then divide the tract thus segregated into two supervisor districts with population as nearly equal as possible, and when so divided, each of the districts shall elect one supervisor who shall reside in such supervisor district and be nominated and elected by the registered voters residing in that district. If any such city has more than the requisite inhabitants for two supervisor districts, then sufficient outlying territory may be added to such city to make three supervisor districts. The supervisor in each supervisor district in such city shall reside in such supervisor district and be nominated and elected by the registered voters residing in that supervisor district. The remainder of the county outside of such city districts shall be divided so as to create a total of seven supervisor districts, except that if any county under township organization has gone to an at-large basis for election of supervisors under section 32-554, the board of supervisors of such county may stay on the at-large voting basis.


  • Laws 1895, c. 28, § 4, p. 131;
  • Laws 1911, c. 36, § 1, p. 203;
  • R.S.1913, § 990;
  • Laws 1917, c. 17, § 1, p. 81;
  • C.S.1922, § 890;
  • C.S.1929, § 26-204;
  • R.S.1943, § 23-204;
  • Laws 1947, c. 64, § 2, p. 210;
  • Laws 1973, LB 552, § 3;
  • Laws 1979, LB 331, § 4;
  • Laws 1991, LB 789, § 8;
  • Laws 1994, LB 76, § 537;
  • Laws 2017, LB113, § 34.

Cross References


  • In redistricting, requirements of approximately equal numbers in each district as provided by this section should be met. State ex rel. Rowe v. Emanuel, 142 Neb. 583, 7 N.W.2d 156 (1942).

  • This section is controlling in the division of counties with city districts. Van Horn v. State ex rel. Abbott, 46 Neb. 62, 64 N.W. 365 (1895).

  • There is no authority for existence of township board in cities of first class. Rittenhouse v. Bigelow, 38 Neb. 547, 58 N.W. 534 (1894).

  • After election adopting township organization, the county judge, county clerk, and county treasurer must divide the county into supervisor districts under rules in this section, but redistricting when required must be done under same rules by the county board. Obermiller v. Siegel, 340 F.Supp. 208 (D. Neb. 1972).