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Douglas County problems with some early ballots

Posted at 3:54 PM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 19:34:36-04

You may have already voted early, but problems could plague some ballots.

Political party workers are reaching out to anyone whose ballots weren't accepted.

The Douglas County Election Commissioner says the most common issues they see on rejected ballots come from voters not following directions.

"If the voter failed to complete any of these three lines correctly, their address or signature, their ballots will be rejected by state law," said Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse.

Of the 90 thousand plus people who are participating in Douglas County's early voting more than 12 hundred ballots have been rejected.

"The most common by far is that individuals forgot to sign their envelopes either in the office, or when they mailed them back which is essentially they forgot to sign the voters oath," Kruse said.

This year political parties say they are taking it upon themselves to call any voter on the reject list.

This gives them an opportunity to correct the issue before it's too late.

"Either come into our office, sign and correct it, or they can go to their polling place on Election Day and do a Provisional Ballot," Kruse said.

Voters can still correct their ballots on Election Day but can only go to their election commission office to do so.

Otherwise the voting polls will only allow a Provisional Ballot.

"It is important to know close races can be determined possibly by provisional votes so every vote does count," Kruse said.

Kruse says research on provisional voters must be done first then the Provisional Ballot is counted seven days after the election.

You can check to see if your early ballot has been accepted or rejected by going to the Nebraska Secretary of State's website.

Click on the tab third over that says Elections.

In the drop down menu click Voter Information Center then click on the envelope at the bottom right hand of the screen.

Fill out your information and view your status.

Although Provisional Ballots are counted seven days after the election Kruse says no election results are official until the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.