It is with great concern that we share a recent story that appeared in The Reader about apparent voter suppression efforts in Nebraska. Data shows that Dave Phipps, Douglas County Election Commissioner, was strategic in his elimination of several polling places by targeting poor, minority communities at more than twice the rate of other communities. In some instances during the last primary, citizens living in affordable housing units, many with physical disabilities, were forced to vote in alternate locations even though a polling place was located in their building. For more on Phipps and recent Republican gerrymandering see the story here.

In the meantime, our friends at Nebraskan’s for Civic Reform are keeping a close watch on the polls this coming Tuesday and they need more volunteers to help monitor polling places. Visit http://nereform.org/index/ for additional information.