Nebraska’s Secretary of State is telling voters the election process is secure as they head to the polls for today’s Primary.
Secretary John Gale says they take ongoing steps to keep voting in Nebraska secure, and notes that the Primary is the least likely to be tampered with.
“If you think of the Primary, it’s kind of the Husker’s Spring Game, and we’re testing our plays, we’re testing our playbook, we’re testing our coaches in the sense of our IT people and our security vendors,” Gale tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “We’re testing our playbook, but we see the big game coming in November.”
Nebraska fared well in recent election security inspections by Homeland Security, according to Gale.
He says no significant vulnerabilities were discovered.
“Most of us in elections consider the General Election to be the challenge,” he says.
As for statewide voter turnout, Gale’s office predicts it will be around 28 percent.
“There are things, of course, that make me think it may be more robust than our projection,” Gale admits. “Certainly, there are a number of Primary races that are heating up, and more money is coming into those races to contribute to the campaign attention.”
Gale says counties and the state election offices tested the equipment and it is ready for voters.
Jane Monnich, KLIN in Lincoln, contributed to this report.