LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —
Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale says the time has come to expand
mail-in voting in smaller precincts throughout the state.
said Tuesday that he would support a change in state law that would
allow counties to get rid of polling places in certain small, rural
precincts, and conduct those elections by mail.
Current state law
only lets counties do so if their populations are less than 10,000. Gale
says counties that have adopted the practice have seen significant
increases in voter participation.
Nebraska has 58 all-mail
precincts out of 1,400 statewide. Registered voters in those precincts
are sent ballots by first-class mail, along with stamped return
Gale, a Republican, made the comments as he kicked off a nine-city re-election tour.
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