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For immediate release: Contact: Ben Kiser
Wed., May 1, 2002 402-471-8675

Secretary Gale Issues Reminder: Voter Registration Deadline is Friday
Improved Secretary of State Web Site Goes Online with Voter Information Guide

Lincolm - Secretary of State John Gale issued a reminder today that Friday, May 3 is the deadline to register to vote for the May 14 statewide primary election in person at your local election office.

"I encourage all eligible Nebraskans to register to vote before Friday and go to the polls on May 14," said Secretary Gale. "The trend nationally is discouraging, as voter turnout continues to slide, even after the events of September 11. I hope that Nebraska can set the standard for the rest of the country and turnout in large numbers for the primary election."

People who are U.S. citizens; at least 18 years old by the November 5 general election; residents of Nebraska; have not been convicted of a felony, or if convicted have had their civil rights restored; and have not been officially found to be mentally incompetent are eligible to register to vote for the primary election on May 14. Registered voters should re-register if they have changed their name or address since the last election or would like to change their party affiliation. To register or re-register to vote for the primary election you must do so in person at your county clerk/election commissioner’s office before the close of business on Friday (6 p.m.).

A voter information guide, including details on how to register to vote is featured on the Secretary of State’s new web site that went online today at www.sos.state.ne.us. Besides election information, the website is organized into pages for administration, business and licensing, and youth projects.

"It is important that our website is user friendly for Nebraskans seeking information about our state or doing business with my office over the Internet," said Secretary Gale. "E-government is a priority for my office, because it is a more effective and efficient form of government. People wishing to do business with our office can do so by accessing our web site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from their home or office in any corner of the state."

The Secretary of State’s website gets over 10,000 visits a month, with over 5,000 pages a month of corporate or UCC records accessed online.

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