Nebraska’s top election official urges voters to take a moment to prepare before going to the polls on Election Day.
A few steps can make a big difference for voters.
The first step voters need to take, according to Secretary of State John Gale, is to make sure your voter registration is up-to-date and that you know where to vote. Gale reminds voters that the Census has caused a shift in precinct boundary lines.
Contact your local county election office or log onto votercheck.necvr.ne.gov to confirm your polling place.
Voters might have to cast a provisional ballot if they have moved within the county and haven’t received an updated registration. The provisional ballot will be counted once the registration is confirmed. Identification isn’t required for voters unless the voter has registered for the first time by mail. Those voters will be required to confirm their name and address.
No campaign at the polls is allowed. That includes t-shirts, buttons or anything touting a particular candidate or issue. It is illegal to campaign within 200 feet of a polling site.
Gale says the most important thing to remember is to vote.
“We’d be a much stronger democracy if we had an average of 65 or 70% in every election,” according to Gale. “So, every vote counts. It absolutely makes a huge difference in every election to have an active, voting citizenship.”
Gale has predicted that 71% of Nebraska’s registered voters will cast ballots in the general election.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]
AUDIO: Secretary of State John Gale discusses preparing before voting. [3:30]