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Election polls open Tuesday

November 6, 2018

Gage County voters will take to the polls Tuesday to have their say in the Nov. 6 general election.

Polls are open Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and all absentee and early voter ballots are due in the Gage County clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on election night.

As of Monday morning, 3,735 voters in Gage County had requested early ballots and more than 3,300 had been returned to the county clerk’s office, ready to be counted when the polls close Tuesday.

Gage County election commissioner Dawn Hill said she’s eager for election day and that there are traditionally very few problems that arise with voting.

“After you go through months and months of preparations it’s exciting to just get to that final day where you can see the end result,” she said. “How many people did vote after you spent all this money for all these ballots and all the work that goes into it. You want a good turnout. You want people to participate.”

Hill said voters unable to make it to their polling sites can still request an agent to pick up and return their ballot for them.

“If you, for example, end up in the hospital or can’t get to the polls you can have an agent come in until 7 p.m. on election night,” she said. “They take it to you, you vote and they bring it back. They have to bring the ballot back to us by 8 p.m.”

Hill said it’s rare for voters to run into many problems on election day, but any who do can contact the clerk’s office at 402-223-1300 for assistance

“If anybody has any concerns I welcome them to give me a call and share those with me,” Hill said. “If it’s something that I can take care of, I will. Maybe it’s just a process that they don’t quite understand. That’s fine. Give us a call and we’ll try to help as well as we can.”

Some issues arrive when voters go to the wrong polling site after forgetting to change their address after a move.

Hill added that if voters think they were given incorrect ballots to let the poll workers know right away, and once a ballot is placed in the box there’s nothing workers can do.

Hill and other election workers are hoping everything goes smoothly on Tuesday, and she added poll workers contribute a lot of effort to make elections a success.

“We’ve got a lot of really dedicated people who really use their time,” she said. “It’s a long day and it can be very stressful when you have people lined up and it’s something that you don’t do all the time. I really appreciate all those people who do help us out.”

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