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Some Cass voters must recast ballots
By Robynn Tysver for the Omaha World-Herald 30 October, 2004.

About 925 people who voted via absentee ballot in Cass County are being asked to recast their ballots today or risk having their vote not count.

Due to a mistake in the County Election Commissioner's Office, about 925 absentee ballots were mailed that did not have the necessary signatures.

By state law, absentee ballots must contain a signature of the election commissioner or a representative of the election commissioner, said Steve Achelpohl, head of the Nebraska Democratic Party.

The mistake was discovered Thursday, and election workers toiled through the night to identify the 925 voters. New ballots were sent via overnight mail to the voters Friday, with a letter describing the oversight, said Cass County Attorney Nathan Cox.

The ballots must be received in the Election Commissioner's Office by 8 p.m. Tuesday, said Achelpohl, who urged voters to quickly return the correct ballot.

People who receive new absentee ballots can mail them promptly or can bring them into the Election Commissioner's Office in person or through a representative, Cox said.

"We want to make sure that everybody has an opportunity to have their vote counted," he said.

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