Increase voter registration in Sarpy and Douglas County

Increase voter registration since 2012
Posted at 5:53 PM, Oct 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-11 18:53:50-04

 In person early voting began Tuesday in Sarpy and Douglas County.

Some voters are calling this election year do or die which may be the reason for the increase in registration.

"It's two people, we don't love either one but it is what it is," said Linda Swanson.

Some are choosing to stand in line and some are using the drop box but these early voters say getting out before the Election Day voters is much easier.

"It's more convenient to fill out the ballot at home that way I can take my time and make sure I can vote for the candidate that I am choosing," said Alonza Jean-Pierre.

Sarpy County Election Commissioner Wayne Bena says more than 17 thousand ballots have been sent out through the mail.

And Douglas County says they have already sent out 53 thousand.

"People are just wanting to take their time to vote, or want to avoid potential election day lines,” said Wayne Bena.

“They return an early ballot application or come into the office and take care of that voting responsibility before election day," Bena said.

Both Sarpy County and Douglas County commissioners say they are seeing increases in voter registration in general.

"We are projected 80 thousand early voter by mail and 10 thousand in person for a total of 90 thousand voters in Douglass county alone to vote by election day," said Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse.

Douglas County has seen roughly about 14 thousand more voter registrations since 2012 and Sarpy County has seen roughly a 12 thousand increase.

 "I just want to be finished voting and be done with it,” said Swanson.