Many Nebraskans are taking advantage of voting early to avoid long lines at the polls on Tuesday. In Douglas County alone there have been 90,000 early voters this year. Election Commissioner Brian Kruse says mistakes are easily made and some ballots will be rejected.
Typically voters forgot to sign or if they voted in the office or took a ballot to take home, there is an oath where they have to fill out their address and sign. He says sometimes people sign on the address line or don’t fill it out completely.
Kruse says, “The good news is that voters still have a chance to correct that. They can call our office and we can let them know the status of their ballot. If there is an issue they can come into our office through Election Day and we can get the problem taken care of.”
Both parties are also calling voters this year to let them know there is a problem and it needs to be corrected for their vote to count. Kruse says there have been about 1,200 ballots rejected in Douglas County so far this year because of those errors. Voters can also log on to the Nebraska Secretary of State Office website to see if their ballot was rejected or accepted.
There have been new developments nearly every day in this presidential election. There have been some voters who cast early ballots now want to change their vote. Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse says there are no “do-overs”. Once your ballot is accepted the vote stands as is.
However, Kruse says, “If the voter still has the ballot in their possession, they have not put it in the mail or turned it into us, they lost it, the dog ate it, it went through the washing machine, whatever the reason may be, we can assist them in getting another ballot so their voice will be heard.”