Civic Nebraska observers report no major problems at polls so far

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Poll observers with Civic Nebraska have reported a steady day of in-person voting on Tuesday, with no major problems reported.

Nebraskans began voting in the primary election at 8 a.m.  Polls will stay open until 8 p.m.

Voters who requested early ballots can return them at a county election office until 8 p.m.

This year, more than 225,000 voters requested early ballots for the primary, according to the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office.

The only time there were more early ballots for a primary was in 2020.

“For a large number of Nebraskans, a silver lining from the pandemic is that voting early by mail has become their new standard,” said John Cartier, director of voting rights at Civic Nebraska.

Civic Nebraska said it has received a couple of concerning calls on its election protection hotline.

One came from a Sarpy County polling place where people were seen collecting signatures for a petition outside.

It is against Nebraska law to circulate petitions, place campaign signs or distribute campaign-based materials within 200 feet of a polling place.

Civic Nebraska said it has alerted county election officials of the issue.

To report any concerns, call Civic Nebraska’s Election Protection Hotline at 402-890-5291.

Channel 8’s full election coverage can be found here.

To learn more about the 2022 primary, check out Channel 8’s Republican and Democratic voter guides.

See also: Jim Pillen stumps with prominent supporters on eve of Nebraska primary

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