Election officials extend hours for voters

Posted at 12:15 PM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 13:15:59-04

Far from over, early voting opened Monday for the mayoral and city council primary.

Historically, voter turnout is around 20 percent for city races, according to Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse.

Breaking with tradition, the election office is adding a new feature.

[We’ll] begin to offer additional hours for early voting on the Saturday immediately prior to each election from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Officials say it's too early to see whether the Saturday hours for April 1st and May 6th will increase turnout or maintain the status quo for both the primary and general elections respectively.

The move comes from a recommendation by a stakeholders group, which the election commission meets with monthly, after it asked for flexibility for people working non-traditional hours.

We try to make the voter experience better or easier when we can, Kruse says.

3 News Now reached out to Sarpy County election officials to see if they would adopt something similar.

So far, we haven’t seen a demand for additional voting hours, said Wayne Bena, the Sarpy County Election Commissioner.

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