Nebraska Democrats want independents to know they’re welcome to vote in the Democratic primary.
Nebraska Democratic Party chair Jane Kleeb has hand-delivered a letter to the Secretary of State, informing the office that the State Central Committee of the party has voted to adopt a rule to allow registered voters not affiliated with the political party to vote in the Democratic Party primary May 10th.
Kleeb doesn’t worry that opening up the May 10th primary could open up the primary to decidedly non-Democrat voters.
“We believe in Nebraskans,” Kleeb tells reporters after delivering the letter. “We believe that Nebraskans will show up with the Democratic Party if we continue to show that we are opening up our party to them.”
At present, Nebraska voters can register as Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and as non-partisan.
In the 2016 General Election, Nebraska had 1.2 million registered voters; slightly more than 583,021 registered as Republicans, 370,027 registered as Democrats, 11,214 registered as Libertarians, with 246,839 registered as non-partisan.
Kleeb believes among those non-partisan voters are young, independent-minded voters who could be persuaded to vote as Democrats.
As for the 2018 election, Kleeb says Nebraska Democrats are taking nothing for granted.
“There are a lot of pundits out there talking on national TV, saying that we’re going to be experiencing a blue wave and you will never see me pulling out a surfboard thinking that we’re just going to ride some magical blue wave,” Kleeb says. “We have a lot of work to do.”
Kleeb says President Donald Trump’s successful run as a Republican to win the White House overturned a lot of conventional thinking, leading her to believe that 2018 might not follow the traditional pattern of favoring the political party out of power.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]