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Douglas County election officials note ‘uptick’ in Republican requests to switch parties

Nebraska GOP not alarmed by number of voters switching affiliations
Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 4:27 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Some Republican voters in Douglas County are changing their party affiliation, and election officials in the county believe the changes are connected to the violent riots that took place in the nation’s Capitol last week.

Douglas County officials say there is always some party-switching after an election. Officials say the increased number of GOP voters switching their affiliation is not overwhelming, but it is noticeable.

“We have seen an uptick in voter registration change and as you could imagine the vast majority of those are going from Republican either to nonpartisan, Democrat, or Libertarian,” Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse said.

Dan Welch, chairman of the Nebraska State Republican Party, said he’s not alarmed.

“I think some of that is to be expected,” he said. “Are we panicking about it? Absolutely not. It’s not a mass exodus of people; it’s few people here and there are making decisions — probably knee-jerk reactions. We don’t want them to leave. We’re going to try to win them back in the next two years.”

Election officials say voters can change their affiliation as often as they want, so some of the GOP voters could return to the party at a later day if they so choose.

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