Omaha Public Radio News
2:40 am
Mon September 29, 2008

Early voting begins in Nebraska

Omaha, NE – Early voting is underway in Nebraska.

Nebraskans who want to vote early can do so in person at their local Election Commissioner's Office, or by requesting a ballot via mail or fax. Early voting happens until the Monday before Election Day.

Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says 21,000 people voted early in 2004. In 2006, that number increased to 29,000. Phipps expects 35,000 to 40,000 people will vote early this election year. Sarpy County Election Commissioner Kay Forslund says early voting is a popular option there as well.

Phipps says the most common question he's asked about early voting is whether those votes are actually counted if an election isn't close. He says voters should be assured that all ballots are counted. Forslund says the most common question she's asked about early voting is how to get a ballot.

Voters in Douglas and Sarpy Counties wanting to request ballots can download forms from www.votedouglascounty.com or www.sarpy.com.