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Here’s A Look At Write-In Process In Banner Election

Banner County has a number of write-in candidates for the local election on Nov. 8.

What exactly does that mean?

According to Nebraska Secretary of State, write-in candidates will not have their name on the ballot but the voter must write the candidate’s name on the write-in line and shade or mark the oval next to the write-in line.

Every office for election is required to have a write-in line below those candidates that have filed.

What about misspelling of the write-in names? Even if the write-in candidate name is misspelled but it is reasonably close to the spelling of the last name, then it counts.

All the write-in candidates listed last week for Banner County have filed an affidavit for the office.

Write-in affidavits for the general election must be filed by Oct. 28.

Write-in votes are only tabulated for candidates who file a write-in affidavit with the appropriate officer.

According to the Secretary of State’s office, “For example, someone can’t decide to “run” as a write-in on election days, have their friends write them in, and those votes be counted for them.”

A further explanation, “Unless someone files a write-in affidavit, receives at least 5% of the vote, and the county election official believe the amount will impact the race, write-in votes for them will not be separated from the write-in total that gets reported.”

Meet The


Here are the candidates scheduled to attend the Meet the Challengers event 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at Double L Country Store & Cafe: Kathy Natale; Treasurer; Katie West, Clerk; Kacy Krakow, Assessor; Laif Anderson, Commissioner; Robin Darnall, Commissioner; and Eddie Shaul, Commissioner.

A raffle for registered county voters and cookies are part of the event.