The Chancellor completes the number of Omaha general elections
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The count for the Omaha general election has ended. After 15 months of full speed, the staff in the election commissioner’s office can finally take a break.
“At times we had employees who worked up to 100 hours a week in a week,” said election supervisor Justine Kessler.
Douglas County Election Commission staff deserve a break, it’s been an exhausting run.
“Presidential code to a general president and then we turn right and then we have the city code and five weeks later we have the city code,” said Brian Kruse, Douglas County commissioner.
This is how it goes every four years in the election commissioner’s office. But this time it was different.
Sequential elections take place during a pandemic and pose a challenge to the safety of votes and workers.
“We received information from Human Resources, the Health Department and the Secretary of State, and that information sometimes changed within a few hours a day.”
Record numbers of postal ballot papers were cast in both elections. Betsy Buehler is the mail election coordinator. She says the sheer number of mail-in ballots was a little intimidating, but she believes this will keep people at home and ease the pressure from personal voting during COVID.
“People who may have a medical situation may not want to stand in line or they may find it difficult to get to a polling station now. They know and are aware of our process and I think this has been helpful for people who are concerned about their safety. And, you know, we haven’t had any transmission of the virus known to us at any of our polling stations, and we had nearly 100,000 people in the elections last November. “
According to official figures, agency workers played a major role in ensuring that both elections ran smoothly.
“If there’s one thing we’ve had in the past 15 months, I’d say we’ve been thinking outside the box. It was innovation, it was ingenuity, and it was really the ability to try new things from both our staff and voters. “
Election Commissioner Brian Kruse says things will slow down for a while and workers will get much-needed time off.
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