In 2020, some Nebraska counties will be able to automatically assign voters to the correct districts based on new mapping technology.
Nebraska was chosen as one of five states to test a pilot project through the National States Geographic Information Council.
The new geo-lookup feature will be tested in Sarpy County this summer, then made available to the rest of the counties, the Secretary of State’s Office announced Wednesday. For more information, visit https://elections.nsgic.org.
“Nebraska is dedicated to improving our elections data management system by integrating new technology,” Secretary of State Bob Evnen said in a press release.
Currently, election officials have to manually type in all address ranges within district boundaries for everything from Congress to county board members to school boards.
This project will automate that data entry, making Nebraska better prepared for redistricting after the 2020 census.
The pilot project will not cost the state any money, said spokeswoman Cindi Allen.
She said Nebraska has not received any complaints of voters receiving the wrong ballot but that it has happened in other states.