This year’s road to the White House is getting much shorter. Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse says some may be considering writing in a presidential candidate but there are a few things you must be sure of in order for your vote to count.
Those interested in a write-in campaign need to file the proper paperwork at either the election office or the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office and pay a fee if one is required. In order for the votes to be reported separately, you have to gain more than 5% of the total count.
Kruse says, “If you are going to write someone in for president, that person would have to file with the Secretary of State, have a vice presidential candidate and you would have to do that by the 28th of October.” Unless those
Kruse says there are a few dates that voters need to remember as well. The last day to register to vote online is Friday, October 21st and the last day in person is October 28th. That is also the last day to request a ballot by mail.
Kruse says this is turning out to be a record year for participation at the polls. He says they have received more than 66,000 requests for ballots to be mailed so far this year. That was the total number mailed in 2012. He traffic into his office to vote early in person has been brisk.