Hall County Board addresses lawsuit in their meeting, approves hiring counsel

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hall County Board of Supervisors addressed the lawsuit against them and their Election Commissioner at Tuesday's meeting. The Deputy County Attorney, Sarah Carstensen, suggested working with other county's facing a similar lawsuit.

The Deputy County Attorney and current Hall County Election Commissioner speak with the County Board about the next step in approaching this lawsuit. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

While the board agreed with that, they also approved her hiring counsel to represent them if she needed to. The lawsuit many are facing states that the appointment of an Election Commissioner is unconstitutional and that it should be an elected position instead.

"Lancaster, Douglas and Sarpy I think have all been sued as well as there has been some intervention on behalf of the Secretary of State's office to get this matter resolved," Carstensen said to the Board. "It calls into question the process of elections and we want to get those answered as quickly as possible so the public can have confidence in the legitimacy of what we're doing."

Despite the lawsuit against their current Election Commissioner, the Board Chair says they still have the most qualified person in the position.