Tuesday’s first big personal election took place in more than a month – and there were good reasons to worry about whether it would be safe and smooth in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Nebraska, which held its presidential and voting elections, was one of only eight states Never issue a nationwide order to stay at home. And Wisconsin, which held a special election in the 7th congressional district, was a place of chaos on April 7 when it held its presidential primaries in person. Fortunately, both elections seem to have passed without major incidents – and Nebraskas was even a remarkable success.
In both states, officials have taken countless measures to protect the health of voters and election workers. In NebraskaEach election worker received a safety kit that included an N95 mask, gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and a face shield. Polling stations provided masks to voters who showed up without them, and election workers were instructed to disinfect everything that voters touched between each use. In WisconsinThe state also provided workers with personal protective equipment, and there were hand sanitizers at polling stations. And in at least one jurisdiction, Plastic umbrellas It was also possible to separate workers from voters and vote on the side of the road. In both states, officials enforced social distancing, and each voter was given his own pen to vote with and then keep.
There were no reports of significant lines at polling stations in either state, as was the case in parts of Wisconsin last month. The rural population of the 7th district helped prevent long lines from formingand members of the Wisconsin National Guard filled out for election workers who did not feel comfortable voting. In Nebraska, even large cities were able to avoid the closure of many polling stations, although election officials in Douglas County (home to Omaha) told FiveThirtyEight that some polling stations, such as in old people’s homes, were closed due to the corona virus threat. A total of 200 of the usual 222 polling stations were open yesterday, and Douglas County Electoral Commissioner Brian Kruse said that if polling officers asked not to vote, the county would have enough time to find replacements, which would go smoothly of the elections.
It also helped that the personal turnout was extremely lightThanks to the fact that a large percentage of the Nebraskans requested postal ballot papers. Not less than 493.393 Of the 1,216,431 registered voters in Nebraska (41 percent), they applied for postal voting, a higher proportion than in the Ohio area code (25 percent), the Wisconsin area code (38 percent) or yesterday’s special election in Wisconsin (26 percent) . Unlike these two states, Nebraska mailed each voter a form for requesting a postal vote, which may have contributed to the high rate of mail polls.
There was something surprising about the number of ballot papers returned: despite a pandemic and an undisputed presidential race, Nebraska looks like it will break his 48 year old record for most of the votes that have ever been cast in a primary school. According to preliminary numbers, 471,434 Nebraskans turned out to be voting, or 34 percent of the time voting population. In 2016, 23 percent of VEP in Nebraska voted for the area code. 22 percent voted in 2012; and in 2008 20 percent voted. That was the For the first time since 2004 that Democrats held a presidential election in Nebraska (they held meetings on a separate date in 2008 and 2016), which may have contributed to the leap (although the democratic race was undisputed). It is also possible that voter turnout has increased because the state has invited everyone to vote by mail.
Oh, and we also have some results to report to you. Not surprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden won Nebraska’s democratic presidential election 77 percent of the voteHowever, the more consistent result was the nonprofit advisor and former 2018 candidate, Kara Eastman victory in the Democratic Elementary School for Nebraska’s 2nd congressional district. Eastman, a Supporters of deposit health care and not apologetically progressive, won 62 percent to 32 percent about lawyer Ann Ashford, who emphasized consensus building and praised itself in television advertising as “the democrat who can win, ”And will now have a rematch with Republican MP Don Bacon in November.
Meanwhile, Republican Tom Tiffany defeated Democrat Tricia Zunker in the 7th Wisconsin Special 57 percent to 43 percent. The result was expected, but the scope was narrower than that of President Trump Win 20 points there in 2016. That could may be a good sign for Democrats, but special elections really only predict the overall national political environment. And yesterday other Special elections in the 25th district of California are still too close (although they don’t seem promising for Democrats). From 9 a.m. in the east, Republican Mike Garcia led Democrat Christy Smith 56 to 44 percent. We will have more to say about these two races if we know more about the Golden State.