Early Voting Up as Polling Places Prepare for Primary

May 8, 2020, 5:15 p.m. ·


As Nebraska prepares for its primary election on Tuesday, polling places are planning ways to keep voters safe.

ConnectioN Point is a church in Lincoln and will serve as a polling place. Poll workers will sit 6 feet apart. The church does plan to hold its food pantry on Tuesday, but will limit the number of people in the building.

Beth Graverholt is pastor at ConnectioN Point. She said the church agreed to be a polling place before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re still excited that we can help people exercise their civic duty by voting," Graverholt said. "But we’re taking precautions like doing extra cleaning and encouraging people to vote by mail if they can.”

Many Nebraskans have decided to vote by mail. The secretary of state’s office says that over 321,000 mail-in ballots have already been returned, which surpasses the total voting in the 2016 presidential primary.

Over 441,000 voters requested early ballots, which can be returned by mail or at a secure drop-box as late as 7 p.m. Central time on election day.