Nebraska voter purging breaks federal law
October 9, 2008
Two recent studies have accused 19 states of simply ignoring federal election purging laws. Nebraska's offense has been two-fold, first breaking the law by changing their voter rolls within 90 days of an election, and then not properly notifying those who were purged.
The Election Commission in Douglas County said that they did not find any evidence of voter fraud in the purging, but suggest anyone with doubts take steps to ensure they are registered. Voters can check their status on the Nebraska Secretary of State's website, which also tells them where their polling place is located.
Nebraska law holds that if a voter shows up without registration, they can still vote a provisional ballot, which would be checked before being counted. Some have feared that the purging could result in an increase of provisional ballot use, which in turn could lead to long lines at the polls or other problems. Voters have until October 24th to register in person at a county election office.