VOTING— As we move toward the General Election in November, concerns of COVID-19 continue to disrupt normal operations even in voting. Nebraska is a no reason state when it comes to requesting an absentee ballot (mail-in ballot).
During the Nebraska Primary Election, Secretary of State Bob Evnen mailed early ballot applications to every registered voter. The General Election will be much of the same, as ballot request applications will be mailed to every registered voter whose county did not already do so. According to Custer County Clerk Connie Gracey, early voting applications will be sent out to registered voters September 8-16.
“For voters who have concerns about voting at the polls in November, an early ballot request for a mail-in ballot is a good option,” said Secretary of State Bob Evnen. “Anyone who wishes to vote early should request their ballot as soon as possible.”
The first ballots will be mailed out on September 28 with the deadline to request an early ballot October 23. The United States Postal Service recommends that if you plan on returning your early ballot by mail to do so by October 27. The deadline for early voting in person in the County Clerk/Election Commissioner’s office is November 2. Voters who requested early ballots must return them to the County Clerk/Election Commissioner’s office by the close of polls on November 3.
You can apply for an early-voting ballot by contacting your county election office in person, by mail or by fax. You can print an online early-voting application, complete the form, and then mail, fax or scan/take a picture of your application and email it to your county election office.
As always, voters will also have the option of going to the polls to vote. The polls will be open for the General Election, November 3. County officials and the Secretary of State are taking precautions to protect the safety of voters and poll workers.
For those who would like more information regarding early voting, contact your local Election Commissioner’s Office or visit the Secretary of State website.
Further information regarding the 2020 General Election will be released when it becomes available.