Douglas Co. Election Commissioner details key deadlines ahead of Election Day

Posted at 7:15 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 01:22:51-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Tuesday, Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse shared some important information about upcoming election deadlines and cutoff dates.

If you haven’t registered and still wish to, your only option will be to do so in person by this Friday, October 23 at the Douglas County Election Commission Office, located at 12220 West Center Road.

Also, Kruse says the office is seeing about 450 people a day for in-person voting but says you should be able to move through the line in 20-30 minutes. If you are in before the office’s scheduled closing time, Kruse says staff will make note and make sure you have a chance to vote rather than sending you away.

To help make sure people who do want to vote in person have a chance to do so, the office will be offering extended or additional hours on the following dates:

  • Friday, October 23 - Open until 6pm
  • Tuesday, Oct 27 - Open until 6pm
  • Wednesday, October 28 - Open until 6pm
  • Thursday, October - Open 29 until 6pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 31 - Open 9am-1pm

At this time you can still ask for a ballot to take home but Kruse says the post office does not recommend mailing them past Tuesday, October 27 as they will likely not make the November 3 cutoff date. Instead, they recommend turning them in at the Douglas County Election Office or at a drop box before Election Day.

If you lost or are unable to locate your mail-in ballot and would like to vote at the polls, Kruse says you should contact the election commission office before Election Day to make arrangements and they will work with you.

If you cannot find it, poll workers will help you fill out a provisional ballot which will allow them to make sure no one has submitted two ballots.

If you can find or have access to your mail-in ballot, Kruse said poll workers will tell you to locate it and drop it off at a dropbox.

Important dates:

  • Friday, October 23 at 6pm
    • Last day to register to vote
    • Last day to request a ballot to be mailed
  • Monday, November 2 at 5pm
    • Last day for in-person voting at Douglas County Election Commission Office
  • Tuesday, November 3 8am-8pm
    • Election Day
    • 203 neighborhood polling places open to handle in-person voting
    • Do not come to the Douglas County Election Commission Office on Election Day to cast your vote. You will need to go to your polling place.

For more information, watch the above video.

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