Morrill County may soon be joining Garden County in mailing ballots throughout the county instead of going to the polls.
Morrill County Clerk Kathy Brandt says she is pursuing all-mail ballots countywide for the general election. Brandt says it is cost-effective and voter turnouts have been much higher in the precincts where ballots have been distributed through the mail.
Brandt says, “Usually we have 70 to 80% turnout in those precincts. This time it was lower but we also had a lot of undeliverable mail. My larger precinct is Broadwater and about a third of those people had moved. So that is how we also cleanup our election files. ”
Brandt says the system she has for all-mail ballots also eliminates any possibility of fraud or someone knowing how you voted.
Garden County was the first in Nebraska to conduct a countywide all-mail election after receiving approval from the
Secretary of State this year.
More than 58 percent of Garden county’s voters cast a ballot in the May 15 primary election, compared to statewide voter turnout of about 24 percent.