Secretary of State's Office Preparing for Election Amid Pandemic Uncertainty

July 13, 2020, 6:30 p.m. ·


Nebraska’s Secretary of State said the department is still considering whether to send early ballot request forms to all Nebraskans this fall.

Bob Evnen said the decision will be made in time to let voters know before the election. He anticipates early voting will be higher than previous elections, but not as high as the May primary.

Evnen said the November election may require adjustments, such as moving polling places, depending on the status of the pandemic.

“We gained a lot of knowledge and experience in May," Evnen said. "We had tremendous cooperation from vendors. We had great cooperation from a number of different professional groups to help us develop a new generation of poll workers. And I expect we will draw on our experience from the May primary to ensure that the election in November goes forward well.”

Nebraskans can request a mail-in ballot now. The deadline to register to vote is October 16. Evnen said election preparation right now includes evaluating petitions to bring issues like medical marijuana to the ballot.