Dakota County tries new ballots for primary election
By Christy Batien, Internet Director - bio | email
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb (KTIV) -
At the polls Tuesday, Dakota County voters tried out some new ballots. They included the races in Spanish underneath the English version. The change was actually a requirement of the federal government based on the 2010 population census. Ted Piepho, Dakota County, Nebraska Clerk, says, "The population in certain precincts reached five percent Hispanic, so that requires me to have a Spanish ballot along with that all the documents at the polling places have to be in Spanish and English."
Although the change was required by the federal government, the county had to pick up the tab. Piepho says that it amounted to 20% of his budget. By the way, the Clerk's office reports 15% voter turnout in Tuesday's primary, which is below average.
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