Unicameral advances bill cutting number of early voting days

Apr 5, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers advanced a measure to reduce the number of days in which registered voters can cast their ballots in person.

Lawmakers voted Thursday to trim the number of days from 35 to 30.

The measure was brought to give election officials more time to program specialized voting machines used by visually impaired voters.

The initial bill sponsored by Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh sought to reduce the days from 35 days to 25. The Legislature spent Wednesday afternoon squabbling over the bill. Several lawmakers said moving the date back 10 days wouldn't be in the best interested of voters.

Lautenbaugh came back with an amendment Thursday, saying he was willing to compromise at 30 days.

The bill is LB271.

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