LINCOLN, Neb. – A much anticipated move out of the State Capitol comes at a busy time for Secretary of State John Gale. Several divisions of his office, including elections and business services, are relocating near the end of January to an office building at 12th and N Streets in Lincoln.
“The move does not take us very far from our current location in the State Capitol,” explained Gale. “However, we want to be sure to get the word out to those who plan to visit our office in the coming weeks that several divisions will be in an entirely new location.”
In addition to elections and business services, other services that will be moving include: licensing, rules and regulations, notary, accounting, and information technology. Secretary Gale’s office will remain in Room 2300 at the State Capitol. The Records Management Division will remain at 8th and K Street, south of the Haymarket.
The move of many agencies from the Capitol was spurred by the eight year project to upgrade the heating and air conditioning system within the State Capitol. However, Gale said “It has been a long term goal to consolidate our services on the ground floor in a modern business office with available parking, room to grow, and accessibility for our disability community. This project helped make this goal a reality.”
The move is happening at a time when the Secretary of State’s office usually experiences a great deal of foot traffic. That, said Gale, makes getting the word out even more pressing. “We have candidates coming in to file for statewide office and this is the time of year when business entities start submitting their annual and biennial reports to our office.”
The move is scheduled to take place January 22 – 29. Business services, notary, licensing, rules and regulations, accounting and information technology will be located at 1201 N Street, Suite 120. The Elections Division will be housed next door at 1221 N Street, Suite 103.
Gale advised that anyone requiring the services of his office, check the website (www.sos.ne.gov) for updates as the scheduled move date gets closer.
“Agencies, associations, vendors and others with which we work frequently, will be notified by mail and email. We will also make good use of our website and social media to help get the word out.”
Phone numbers for each of the divisions and all of the employees will remain the same, as will email addresses and post office box numbers, for mailing purposes. Those can also be found on the Secretary of State’s website. If visitors are uncertain where to go, they can call the main office number at 402-471-2554.
“Obviously, my office has a long history at the State Capitol and this will be a significant change that is expected to last a long time. However, one thing that will remain is our office commitment to providing prompt, personal and professional service to all citizens.”