Record number of early ballot requests in Hall County

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - The 2020 Nebraska Primary will be held on May 12, and officials urged voters to get their early ballot request in.

The last batch of early ballots in Hall County will be mailed Monday in preparation of the election.

“Nearly 12,000 early ballots were requested and issued in Hall County,” said Hall County Election Commissioner Tracy Overstreet. That’s more than double the previous record of 5,786 early ballots requested in the 2016 General Election.

However, Hall County voters are still requesting early ballots.

“These are requests that will not be able to be filled,” Overstreet said. “Nebraska law is very clear that the deadline for requesting a mailed ballot is 6 p.m. May 1.” After that time, no additional requests for a mailed ballot may be filled because there likely isn’t enough time for the voter to receive the ballot and return it via mail, Overstreet said.

In a normal year, voters would still have the ability to stop by the election office and pick up an early ballot, Overstreet said, but this year regular in-person early voting was suspended by the governor due to COVID-19 concerns. “That means that voters who want to cast a ballot and didn’t get a ballot mailed to them will now need to go to their polling site on Election Day,” Overstreet said.

Polling sites will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12.

Poll workers will have full personal protective equipment – face masks, gloves and face shields, Overstreet said. “Poll booths, tables, and touchpoints will be disinfected throughout the day,” she said. “Additionally, the state is sending face masks for voters to use as they enter the polling site.” Hand sanitizer will be available and every voter will also be given a new black pen to sign in, to vote with and to take home.

“We want everyone in Hall County who wants to vote to do so – and to do so in a safe manner,” Overstreet said.

There is one new polling site for the May 12, 2020 primary election. First Christian Church at 2400 W. 14th is the new permanent polling site for voters who used to vote at the Golden Towers community room.