ELECTION 2020: Douglas County residents line up on Nebraska voter registration deadline
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Douglas County residents lined up in the hundreds on Friday outside of the election commission office -- as it was the last day to register to vote.
Election officials can catch their breath after extended business hours ended, while around 1,000 voters were served.
People began lining up at 7 a.m. and from there, people were waiting up to two hours to be guaranteed their vote.
Riley Redburn couldn’t believe what she saw when she pulled up to the election commission office Friday afternoon.
“I saw that line and I saw around the corner and how it was wrapped around the building. I was like, ‘oh my gosh,’" she said.
She said she is lucky she had the day off because she and other voters had to wait outside for most of the time -- in 30-degree temperatures.
“It’s pretty crazy today. We hear that the line’s about two hours but people seem to be in pretty good spirits, meeting new friends,” said Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse.
In order to guarantee service, voters had until 6 p.m. to get in line. Those who spoke with 6 News did not mention the cold or occasional lack of social distancing.
“I researched the policies and the candidates that I want to vote for and I feel really confident in my decisions and I think the last election I wasn’t as prepared,” said Megan Robinson.
The wait was nothing for Sunday Tokpolo who just earned his citizenship Thursday.
“It’s my part as a citizen to vote. And I’ve been waiting nine years since I’ve lived in the United States,” he said.
Kruse said the last person in line was served around 8 p.m.
Those who registered today won’t be able to vote by mail; that deadline was last week. But they — and any registered voter in the county — can cast their ballots in person while at the office, or return anytime before Nov. 2, when early voting concludes in Nebraska.
Iowans have until Saturday to register to vote and/or request a mail-in ballot. Early voting is underway in Iowa also through Nov. 2; voters can find their polling place via the Secretary of State’s website, which also has a portal for checking the status of registration requests.
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