NE Secretary of State says voters set record turnout for Election Day
Secretary of State Bob Evnen spoke at the Capitol this afternoon, saying Nebraska had a smooth Election Day, with a record turnout.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Secretary of State Bob Evnen spoke at the Capitol this afternoon, saying Nebraska had a smooth Election Day, with a record turnout causing the state to split its electoral votes.
Evnen says more than 25,000 early ballots had not been returned by voters, causing concern.
“What happened to those ballots? We don’t know. 25,000 is not an insignificant number,” said Evnen.
“Four electoral votes will go to President Trump who won the statewide popular vote by 59% to 39%,” said Evnen. “The second congressional district electoral vote will go to former Vice President Biden who won the popular vote in that.”
He says this is the second time Nebraska has split the votes since the state law was passed in 1992. Evnen also says he is concerned about unreturned early ballots and is planning to improve ways to change that in future elections.
“My concern is, did they receive them?,” said Evnen. “If they received them, what happened to them? Did they just decide not to cast a vote? Did they put it in a pile of mail and it got to be too late or did something else happen to them?”
Channel 8 asked Evnen about the ballot measure that would exclude slavery from the state constitution, as around 30 percent voted against it, and though he says he can’t speak for those who voted, he has heard some debates.
“There was a line of thinking about that proposal that said we are to delete the word slavery, but involuntary servitude implicates what goes on in our prison system and may constitutionally then invalidate certain practices in our prison system,” said Evnen. “That people really didn’t understand as an implication of this.”
Overall, Evnen said he is proud of Nebraska’s election process.