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Election officials don’t expect delays with postal service

Election officials discuss options for mail-in voting this election.
Election officials discuss options for mail-in voting this election.
Election officials discuss options for mail-in voting this election.(Beatriz Reyna)
Published: Aug. 21, 2020 at 2:44 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Nebraska is one of 46 states that the postal service says could be impacted by mail-in voting this November. However, election officials said there shouldn’t be an issue with mail-in voting this general election because people have the opportunity to turn ballots in early.

Lincoln County Election Commissioner Rebecca Rossell said applications to request a mail-in ballot will be mailed out the first week in September.

“We cannot actually start mailing out the actual ballots until Sept. 28,” said Rossell. “But the most important thing that people have to remember when they request this early voting ballot is we have to have a signature.”

Rossell said getting your ballot in early is the best way to avoid any confusion or mishaps on Election Day.

“We are going to have a brand new drop box,” said Rossell. “Hopefully it’s going to be easier to access from the vehicle but, it’s going to be on the south end of the Lincoln County Detention Center’s parking lot,” said Rossell.

As it stands, Rossell says polling places will be open for the general election.

“Will it be like it was in the primary maybe have two polling places in the city of North Platte? There’s a good possibility of that just because I am anticipating such a high-by-mail or early voting process this time and to kind of balance out some savings too for the county,” Rossell said.

Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen anticipates a 25% to 75% voter turnout for early voting.

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