Get Out the Vote Campaigns Heat Up

Election Day is two weeks from Tuesday. While some have already cast their ballots, there are some who have not because they will need to help getting to the polls.

One option is to get a mail-in ballot. On Tuesday, the Douglas County Election Commission reported receiving 25,000 of the 63,000 early voting ballots that were requested.

However, for those who prefer to show up at the pools, organizations across the metro have a lot of work ahead of them. Partisan and non-partisan groups are focused on doing what they can to get every potential voter to the polls.

In South Omaha, Sergio Sosa is the Director of Heartland Workers Center. He said his organization is in the last phases of its program called “Vote for My Family.” The idea is to arm voters with information about who is on the ballot and to make sure each person who can vote has every opportunity to.

"On November 6th we will be offering rides to everybody who wants to go to the polls and (who) are not able to go by themselves,” Sosa said. Sosa's group estimated there are 8,000 registered voters in South Omaha and 18,000 in North Omaha who will not vote.

Sosa’s group, in partnership with the NAACP, AARP and the League of Women Voters are trying to change that. "To understand, that becoming a citizen in the United States is not just to get papers (to become nationalized) but it is to really be active in a civic society,” Sosa said.

"Yes, it is necessary because most of our people here at the senior center don't drive anymore,” Lolita Norrgard said.

In the newly remodeled Florence Community Center as lunch was being served Tuesday, Lolita Norrgard said a larger portion of senior citizens, like her and her friend Joyce Petersen voted by casting an early ballot or by catching a ride, in Petersen’s case, the latter.

"I think it's very important especially if you are down to one car like I am … "I either get a ride with him or send an early ballot,” Petersen said.

Both Douglas County Republicans and Democrats are also offering to help voters to the polls before and during the election.

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