An attorney appointed by the Secretary of State to review a voting complaint filed under the Help America Vote Act recommends shortening the time Nebraskans can vote early in person.
Robert Kinsey, Jr. with the law firm Kinsey, Rowe, Becker and Kistler has handed his suggestions over to Secretary of State John Gale.
Mrs. Fatos Floyd of Lincoln filed the complaint in October, stating she was unable to vote during the first week of October at the Lancaster County Election Commission office, because the AutoMARK machine was unavailable. The machine allows the disabled to cast ballots in private without assistance. Lancaster County completed coding of the machine by October 9th. Floyd was able to vote later.
“One of the issues that our office noted during the hearing was the difficulty in having the ballots certified for each county, getting those ballots printed and having the AutoMARK machines coded all in time for early voting to start on October 1,” Gale said in a written statement released by his office.
Kinsey acted as the hearing officer in the case during a hearing at the State Capitol November 16th.
“A shortening of the time period for in-person early voting furthers Nebraska’s commitment to promoting voter accessibility for all individuals and provides adequate opportunity to vote early in-person,” Kinsey said in a written statement.
Kinsey suggested reducing the period for in-person early voting from 35 to 25 days.
“We will be looking at the timing of those deadlines and seeking a remedy through the Legislature during the upcoming session,” according to Gale.