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Secretary of State informs voters of mail-in ballot options in light of pandemic

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Published: Mar. 12, 2020 at 1:30 PM CDT
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The Secretary of State announced that Nebraska voters will be able to request a mail in ballot by filling out an application online or by contacting their county election commissioner or clerk on Thursday.

Ballots will be available on April 6, with May 1 being the last day for voters to request a mail-in ballot to be mailed to them. Ballots must be received in the county election office by the close of the primary election polls on May 12.

“All Nebraska voters are able to request a mail-in ballot for Nebraska elections,” stated Secretary of State Robert Evnen.

The Nebraska Democratic Party had asked the Secretary of State and Governor to consider moving entirely to vote-by-mail ballots for the May 12 Primary Election in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Health officials are urging an abundance of caution in light of this pandemic, which is spreading rapidly and increasingly wreaking havoc across our country," said NDP Chair Jane Kleeb.

On Wednesday, the COVID-19 viral disease that has swept into at least 114 countries and killed more than 4,000 people was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

It's the first time the WHO has called an outbreak a pandemic since the H1N1 "swine flu" in 2009, Kleeb said.

"This is a public health crisis and the state needs to avoid a situation where polling places and elections get disrupted," she said.

Kleeb said the Democratic Party is willing to work with the Republican Party and the government to help ensure a safe election.

The NDP plans to mail vote-by-mail applications to voters and launch an online portal for Nebraskans to request a vote-by-mail application to be sent to them.

That request form is here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe2dRo8RIau6cWHoNyBmtCC57YEy1c0zx-G4yNk9jkmvw85DQ/viewform

For an online application or additional information, visit the Secretary of State website at https://sos.nebraska.gov/elections/early-voting