Commissioners wrongly called the action voter fraud at the meeting.
Sides clarified that the absentee ballot request form is a legitimate form, the same as the one on both the County’s Election Office website and the Nebraska Secretary of State’s website.
“This did not come from my office or get sent out on my behalf,” she told commissioners.
People could return the form to her office as part of the proper procedure.
“I don’t feel like it’s fraud. It’s adding confusion where there doesn’t need to be any,” Sides told the Star-Herald.
The Center for Voter Information and Voter Participation Center, according to websites and tax filings, are both Washington D.C.-based nonprofits, nonpartisan agencies working to help eligible citizens register and vote in elections.
Lopach said in a statement that the nonprofit obtains addresses via the state’s public list of registered voters.
“(The Center for Voter Information) primarily sends mailings to “people of color, young people and unmarried women, many of whom have historically been under-represented in our democracy,” Lopach said.
Hazen Stone, a retired rancher in his 70s living in Scottsbluff with his wife Vicki, doesn’t exactly meet that criteria. While the Stones said they were expecting a postcard from the state to request absentee ballots – like the primary – he said they were puzzled to get something from Missouri in the mail last Friday.
“I don’t understand why they waste their time to send us anything,” Stone said. “Why are they sending these out when they know we are supposed to be getting one from our own county clerk?”