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Nebraska looks to consider voter registration initiative


The Nebraska Legislature doesn't convene for a few months, but the Secretary of State already has his agenda set.

John Gale is asking the state legislature to consider three initiatives. The first would call for online voter registration.

"We think the time has come, that people are very comfortable with online services, and that rather than handling the processing of paper registration or paper applications to register to vote, we would like to leap into the digital age and make that available. Several states have tried it, they've found that they have secure systems, and that it's a reasonable cost to do it," said Secretary of State Gale.

Gale said that if approved, online registrations wouldn't be available for the 2014 election cycle, but would be for the 2016 elections.

The second initiative would be for the expansion of mail-in elections in rural precincts in the state.

The third initiative is already in place, but aims to update the voter rolls.

"And some are being done right now, for example, I've already sent a letter to 16,000 voters asking them to update their voter registration, by including their driver's license and last-four digit of their social security, and we're hoping that as good citizens and good voters, they'll provide that information. They're people who have registered before 2003 when that information was requested," Secretary of State Gale said.

The Secretary of State's office is also working with various county offices to clean up outdated voter registrations for those who have filed a permanent move with the post office, and could no longer be in the area.

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