Ballots are in the Mail

Sutherland, Neb. (KNOP) - The Sutherland Special Election ballots are in the mail a day later than the Lincoln County Clerk wanted. Becky Rossell says the weather delayed their delivery to the post office but they are still meeting statutory requirements. The 806 ballots are postmarked January 23rd, 2018.

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Rossell says she sent out 120 letters to people with addresses that need updated. Those people need to return their letter to receive a ballot. Rossell says, "If my office received information that you may have a different address than that appearing on your voter registration record you will be mailed a letter to verify or update your address. A ballot will be mailed to you after we receive your updated information."

This is an election by mail; therefore no polling places will be open on Election Day.

If you do not receive a ballot or letter within 7 days of mailing please contact the Lincoln County Courthouse at 308-534-4350 Ext. 110. If you receive your mail at a P.O. Box and you are not sure if the P.O Box mailing address was included when you registered to vote please contact the office promptly to verify. Replacement ballots are available if a ballot is lost, destroyed, spoiled, or not received by the voter. Rossell says, however, a replacement ballot cannot be issued without the voter signing an affidavit before another ballot can be issued.

Voter Registration Information:

January 26, 2018 – Deadline for registering to vote for this election through agencies, DMV, personal messenger/agent, and online voter registration. Post mark deadline for mail-in registrations.

February 2, 2018 – In person voter registration closes at 6:00 P.M. Last day to register to vote or change information on a current registration.

February 13, 2018 – Special Election Day - Polls close at 5:00 P.M.

The counting board takes great care to ensure the safety and confidentiality of all ballots properly cast. All ballots pertaining to this election will be counted, canvassed and retained per Nebraska State Statute.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Jan. 11, 2018
The Sutherland Village Board is set to complete the process of filling two vacant Board of Trustees seats - a process which began in July, 2017.
Five candidates have filed to run for the two seats.
Sally Bell, Tory J. Copeland, Samuel R. Haworth, Larry G. Meyer, and Patty M. Davis Ramsdell will be on the ballots which will be mailed out to voters on January 22.

Lincoln County Clerk, Rebecca Rossell, said that Sutherland opted to proceed with an all-mail election, rather than appointing people to the open seats.
She said that an all-mail election can be more cost effective for the village, and can create a better voter turnout, especially in cold weather.

Voters are able to mail in their ballots, or drop them off in the drop off box, or at the Clerk's office in North Platte.

Information for mailing and drop off, taken from website:

http://www.co.lincoln.ne.us/sutherland-election/:
Mailing Address: 301 North Jeffers, Room 101, North Platte, NE 69101
Physical Address: 301 North Jeffers, Room 101, North Platte, NE 69101
Phone: 308-534-4350 Ext. 110
E-Mail: clerk@co.lincoln.ne.us
Regular Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

The recall election, recalling former board members John Lutz and Ray
Ravenscroft cost the village nearly $5000. The bulk of that money went to pay for the advertising for the recall.

All votes will be processed via optic ballot scanner in North Platte. Unofficial results will be available by the evening of February 13, and posted on the website, http://www.co.lincoln.ne.us/sutherland-election/.

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Original Story Nov. 29
Tensions at the Board of Trustees meeting following the recall of two trustees were high.

The purpose of the November 29th, 2017 meeting was for re-organization of the board with time sensitivity.

Board member Kimberly Backer was nominated and not selected after her nomination was not agreed upon.

The push for a new chair person is important for the fact that once elected, he or she can appoint people for other vacant positions on the board.

There needs to be a total of three board members to approve a nomination but without the chair, there is no nomination or suffice numbers because board members are not allowed to vote for themselves.

Without a chair person, the only other option is to call for an election. The next special meeting is scheduled for December 13th, 2017 where the resolution to move an election of a new chair person will be on the agenda and even with time sensitivity being a factor, it's looking like this resolution will take a few months to be resolved.