Is mail in ballot elections the wave of the future? Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says they do have a dramatic effect on voter participation. He reports there is a 50% voter turnout when ballots are mailed compared to a 12% turnout at polling places during a special election.
Phipps believes that when a ballot shows up in the mail it is a reminder that an election is in process and that ballot needs to be mailed back. He says mail in ballots is becoming more popular and voters like them. He says mail-in ballots save taxpayer money.
Voters in Douglas and Sarpy Counties are now taking part in the largest ever ballot by mail election as they decide a bond issue for Millard and Elkhorn School Districts. Over 94-thousand voters were sent ballots that have to be returned by the November 15th deadline date.