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Many forget to sign ballots, applications. Here's what happens if you do.

Posted at 6:27 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 19:27:15-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — About 1,080 absentee ballot applications sent to the Douglas County Election Commission were rejected because of a missing signature through Tuesday.

That's about one of every 160 ballot applications.

Some Douglas County residents are also forgetting to sign the ballot itself. Of 74,814 ballots collected as of Tuesday, about 320 ballots were missing a signature. That number decreases as voters come into the election office to collect a ballot, and increases as more ballots without signatures are received, a spokesperson said.

Douglas County: If my ballot or application is rejected, what happens?

If your ballot application wasn't accepted, you'll be notified by email or mail, a Douglas County Election Commission spokesperson said. If you believe your ballot should have arrived, you can contact your election office.

However, it won't be the Douglas County Election reaching out to your if you if there's an issue with your ballot. Instead, the office will turn the information over to Civic Nebraska, which will attempt to inform you.

"We provide them a list each and every day of the ballots that have not been accepted," Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse said.

"We'll try and contact every single voter on that list," said John Cartier, director of voting rights at Civic Nebraska. "It's a service we're happy to be able to provide through our get-out-the-vote canvassers and volunteers."

Sarpy County: If my ballot or application is rejected, what happens?

The office will call, email or mail you to inform you in either case, said Election Commissioner Michelle Andahl.

About 200 people forgot signatures, and many of them have already come in to sign their ballot, she said.

You can check the status of your Nebraska absentee ballot here.

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