Despite Objections And Mail-In Ballots, In-Person Primary Takes Place In Nebraska

May 12, 2020

Nebraska is holding the nation’s first in-person primary since a heavily criticized election in Wisconsin five weeks ago in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Election officials have repeatedly urged voters to cast early, mail-in ballots, but Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts and Secretary of State Bob Evnen both pledged to forge ahead with an in-person primary even though many other states have rescheduled theirs or switched to all-mail voting. Ricketts says members of the Nebraska National Guard will be on call help short-staffed polling sites in eight counties, including the Omaha and Lincoln areas. Nebraska polling places will be taking extra safety precautions for today's primary election.  Governor Pete Ricketts says poll workers will be equipped with personal protective equipment. Polling places will remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Central Time Zone and from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Mountain Time Zone.  Today may be election day, but thousands of Nebraskans have already cast their ballots.  According to the Nebraska Secretary of State, more than 354-thousand early ballots had been accepted as of yesterday morning.  Voters who have not turned in their early ballots can take them to drop off sites until tonight at 8:00 p.m.