Deadlines to know ahead of Midterm Elections
HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Midterm Election is about a month away and many are getting ready to cast their vote.
About 75 percent of Adams County voters have voted in the past few years, with young voters between 25 and 30 being among the most active.
Voting officials are urging people to make sure they have everything they need to get to the polls and make their voices heard.
“I personally do feel it is important to do that,” said Ramona Thomas, Adams County Elections Commissioner. “Our local races, those are your people that impact your everyday life and those are those people that you can reach out to and talk to about any concerns you have; so I do feel it is important.”
The majority of people are not familiar with all the details of elections, especially the deadlines.
“The most important date is the election date, which is November 8. Some other important dates.. if you need to register to vote or update your voter registration, perhaps you had moved, the deadline to do that in person is the 28 of October,” said Thomas.
Those who choose to vote by mail, online, or through the DMV have an expedited deadline of October 21, and the last day to submit for an early voting application is also October 21. The last day to register by walking in is October 28.
Now the method of mailing in ballots has been questioned in the past; infamously by former President Trump; but county officials assure the public that this is just as authentic as physically going to the polls.
“Our office is always open. If you do have some concerns or questions, you can come in and address those. We’ll sit down and talk to you about them but also if you wanted to observe our office fulfilling those mail-in requests, you are welcome to sit here and watch that,” said Thomas.
She reaffirmed that the process is very secure, an application is needed for each election, and signature verification is applied to each application.
November 7 is the last day for early voting at county election offices, while November 8 is the last day for in-person voting, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Two ballot initiatives everyone has their attention on are Voter ID and raising the Minimum Wage. Some officials are already sounding off on one of the propositions.
“The amendment will add a picture ID, a photo ID at all elections. Which we feel is counterproductive for those who don’t have a picture ID, or they’re older.. transportation, how do they get one?,” said Judy Reimer, Co-Chair of The Hastings League of Women Voters.
The League of Women Voters has taken the position against Voter ID and is neutral on the topic of raising the Minimum Wage.
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