BEATRICE – With social distancing and concerns over the coronavirus, it appears a lot of people may be opting for early voting, through the mail.


Gage County Election Commissioner Dawn Hill says cards were earlier mailed to registered voters, asking if they would like a ballot mailed to them. As of Tuesday, four-thousand-903 requests had been received.


"We encourage everyone due to this time to fill out an early ballot application and send it in...we don't know what's going to happen. We will have polls, but this will minimize the number of people going to the poll sites".


Because of a closure to the public of a senior center, the Villa at Flowing Springs, that poll site has been switched to the local YMCA. For now, the same number of poll sites are in place, within the county.


"But, every day is a new thing. I started out with poll workers willing to work...and then now as it goes on, they're dropping out...and I completely understand that".


Some states decided not to hold primary elections, but Nebraska’s May 12th voting is still on schedule. In Gage County, early voting request cards and ballots can be placed in a drop box at the parking lot, east of the county courthouse. Hill says that box is checked at least four times, daily.


"I mailed out ballots on Monday...and Tuesday, we had three ballots voted, in our dropbox".


About thirty more ballots had been dropped off by Wednesday morning. Hill says the county clerk’s office is seeing more mail because people are staying home.