Comparing voter registration, early ballot requests between presidential elections

Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 6:16 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - This election is expected to have record voter turnout and with early voting, many ballots are already making their way in. Voter registration is higher than Adams, Buffalo, and Hall counties have ever seen. With the pandemic leading many to vote from home, election offices are dealing with a lot of mail-in ballots.

In Buffalo County, there are 1,500 more registered voters compared to 2016. Hall County has seen a similar increase, while Adams County has about 200 more.

Thirty percent of Buffalo county voters requested an early ballot. In 2016, only 12 percent requested one. For Hall, 34 percent are voting early compared to 16 percent the previous year. In Adams, 35 percent are voting early compared to 12 percent previously.

Of those early ballots, 86 percent have been returned for Adams County, 85 percent for Buffalo County, and 87 percent for Hall County.

“The bulk of the ballots will be tallied on election day and we will have those results on election night,” Hall County Election Commissioner Tracy Overstreet said. “However, if you wait until election day to return your early ballot on Nov. 3 that will not be counted until Nov. 4 because we need to make sure you’re not voting at your polling site.”

At this point, Overstreet suggests ballots be dropped off rather than mailed back. It is taking 3-7 days for the ballots to be returned by mail.

“If you have an early ballot and you want to make sure those results are part of the first results that come out when polls close at 8 p.m. Nov. 3, you should have your ballot in the Hall County Election Office by Nov. 2.”

In 2016, the total number of registered voters who turned out were 70 percent for Adams County, 72 percent for Buffalo, and 67 percent for Hall.

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