A group of community leaders in north Omaha want more than the attention of Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps. They want him to work harder to keep voters from being confused.
In a news conference Thursday morning, they called for the controversial consolidation of polling places across the county to be rolled back to 2010 sites, at least in the northeastern part of the city. They cited troubles with people finding where to vote, arranging transportation and being unable to cast provisional ballots.
They called also for additional training of poll workers after hearing of voters who were asked to show identification, which is not required under Nebraska law.
Phipps says that every time polling places change people are confused. He sent information cards to every voter and that his office would look into any problems from this year's changes.
He has put together an advisory committee of people from the community to give feedback on any changes for the November election.
Here are the specific requests the group of leaders made:
* Restore north Omaha voters' original polling places from the 2010 election
* Review and enhance poll worker training
* Common-sense review of polling place selections
* Moving the early voting drop box from outside the Washington Library to inside
* More voter education on early voting options and provisional ballot access
* Internet access at polling sites so voters can look up where they should go if they end up at the wrong place
* Satellite election commission office in north Omaha
* Serious and formal use of Phipps' advisory committee
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