February 12, 2016

If you want to vote, you must register…and time is running out (AUDIO)

If you want to vote in the November 6th General Election, you don’t have much more time to register or to update your voter registration.

Mail-in voter registration requests must be postmarked by Friday, the 19th, which is when registration at motor vehicle offices ends. You can register in person up until 6pm on the 26th.

But, why wait?

“Get it done ahead of time. It doesn’t take long.”

The advice of Secretary of State John Gale, who expects a lot of interest in the General Election November 6th.

“I think that we have a good chance of having 70-75% turnout, but I’d love to see that in every election,” Gale tells Nebraska Radio Network.

Turnout for primaries normally hovers around 25% with the turnout for off-year elections reaching about 55%. Even the hotly contested Republican United States Senate primary this year only brought barely over 26% of Nebraska’s registered voters to the polls.

Two big races top the ballot in Nebraska this year.

“I think the combination of the presidential race and the senate race and, maybe in Nebraska because it’s a pretty strong Republican state, it may be the focus is becoming more and more on the Senate race.,” according to Gale.

Gale reminds people to update their voter registration if they have moved within a county, since this will save them time when they go to the polls.

Details on voter registration can be found at the Secretary of State’s website sos.ne.gov. You can also contract your local county election office or call the Secretary of State’s Office at (402) 471-2555.

AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]

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