LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska election officials are forging ahead with plans for the state’s May 12 primary despite calls from Democrats to offer only voting by mail amid concerns from public health officials that in-person voting will help the coronavirus spread.
Top Republican officials in the GOP-dominated state have repeatedly urged voters to cast early, absentee ballots, but they argue that voters must also have the option of voting in-person.
If the election proceeds as planned, Nebraska will be the first state to hold a statewide election with physical polling sites since Wisconsin’s much-criticized primary, which was plagued by a poll worker shortage and long lines followed by a slight bump in COVID-19 cases.
Dawes County voters are unaffected by the controversy since all elections in county have been by mail for the last several cycles. Voters received their ballots more than a week ago and have until 7:00 election night to return them.
Dawes County ballots came with a postage-paid envelop that can be mailed or left in the large drop-box outside the east entrance to the courthouse in Chadron.