First Ballots Headed To Voters Starting Today

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September 28, 2020 - 6:45am

Lancaster County election officials are mailing out the first 50,000 early ballots to voters Monday. 

Election Commissioner Dave Shively says close to 60,000 voters have already requested a mail-in ballot.

Voters still have about a month to request an early ballot. The signed request form has to be at the election office by 6pm on Friday, October 23. The form is online at

Shively says about 70,000 people cast early ballots in the primary election in May, with about 11,000 in-person voters.

"I think we’ll have more on election day, a higher percentage on election day for this election than we did for the primary," Shively said. "We certainly have learned things and people are more accustomed to precautions that they have to make for themselves for Covid, as well as our poll workers. Everyone’s more accustomed today than we were in May."

Voters can drop off completed ballots at any library branch in Lincoln, or at drop boxes in Lincoln, Waverly, and Hickman.

It’s also not too late to register to vote – the easiest way to do that is online by Friday, October 16. But if you miss that deadline, you can still register in-person at the election office through October 23.

Find details on how to register and vote at



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