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More early voters this year compared to previous elections

Published: Sep. 18, 2020 at 9:28 AM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - With the election coming up, they are ways to cast your vote amidst COVID-19 concerns.

Based on the 21,000 early voting application postcards which went to all registered voters earlier this year, there is an influx of applications returning to the election commissioner.

Lincoln County Clerk Election Commission Rebecca Rossell predicts that number will increase when the ballots come in.

So far, they have received 5,500 applications.

According to previous years, Rossell states, “The increase in applications returned has been a trend before COVID-19.”

There are other trends emerging during this voting cycle including digital voting ballots.

These new ballot machines have appeared in many states, but Nebraska is not one of them.

Rossell said, “Nebraska is conservative when it comes to election technology.”

Voters will still be able to cast their votes traditionally at the polls. Without an approximate number of how many people will cast their vote in-person, Rossell foresees “planning for voting sites and volunteers to work the polls will be a challenge.”

For registered voters, Rossell warns about third-party vendors sending information to homes about registering to vote.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the polls, please visit https://www.co.lincoln.ne.us/election-commission/

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