Ahead of the May 15 primary for the gubernatorial and other local elections across the state, 23,000 Nebraskans who applied for early voting ballots will begin receiving them within the next few days.
By-mail voting starts on April 9, according to Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale, who sent out the reminder in a press release.
Registered voters hoping to vote early by mail must complete an application that can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/ele_forms.html.
Early ballots are segregated and kept secure until Election Day. Counties can begin counting them up to 24 hours in advance, but no results are released until the close of the polls on May 15.
Nebraska has seen an increase in registered voters this cycle, Gale said, with 1,195,515.
“I am encouraged by the number of people who are registered ahead of the May 15 primary,” Gale said. “In fact, there are 30,000 more people registered now than were registered in the 2016 presidential primary.
In Dodge County, there are 22,012 registered voters, according to numbers provided by the Dodge County Clerk’s office.
In addition to the gubernatorial race, voters will be able to cast their ballots for the primaries in U.S. Senate races, three congressional seats and more.
“In addition, elections to fill offices at the local level are also being decided —positions that affect us as citizens most directly,” Gale said.
Here in Dodge County, there is a Republican primary for the County Register of Deeds, the County Attorney and the county supervisor positions for the first and seventh districts.