Voters in Douglas County can begin casting their ballots today for the Aug. 6 primary election thanks to a change in the state's election laws.
A voting booth will be set up in the county commission meeting room on the second floor of the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts, through Aug. 5.
Any registered voter may vote from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during those days at the courthouse, said Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes.
The advance voting period closes at noon Aug. 5 for those coming to vote in person. The cutoff allows the clerk's office to compile lists of voters who already have cast ballots so they won't be able to vote again on the regular primary election day, Aug. 6, at their regular polling place.
Voters also may cast ballots by mail during the advance voting period. Applications may be picked up at the county clerk's office.
Voter registration will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the county clerk's office. The office will stay open for registration until 9 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Monday, which is the last day to register for the primary.
Unaffiliated voters wishing to declare a party to vote in the primary can do so at the time they vote. However, anyone who has declared a party and wants to change parties must re-register.
Registered voters who have changed their permanent addresses in the past two years must also re-register, Jaimes said.