The Nebraska Democratic Party on Thursday called on Secretary of State Bob Evnen and Governor Pete Ricketts to consider moving entirely to Vote-by-Mail ballots for the May 12 Primary Election in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Health officials are urging an abundance of caution in light of this pandemic, which is spreading rapidly and increasingly wreaking havoc across our country,” said NDP Chair Jane Kleeb. “This is a public health crisis and we need to avoid a situation where polling places and our elections get disrupted. We need an all Vote-By-Mail election to happen. Our party is ready to work hand-in-hand with the Republicans and the government to ensure a safe election and to protect our democracy.”
For our part, the NDP will mail Vote-By-Mail applications to voters in addition to launching an online portal for Nebraskans to request a Vote By Mail Application be sent to them. See the online request form here.
On Wednesday, the COVID-19 viral disease that has swept into at least 114 countries and killed more than 4,000 people was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. It’s the first time the WHO has called an outbreak a pandemic since the H1N1 “swine flu” in 2009.