By Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A new bill in the Legislature seeks to expand early voting opportunities in Nebraska.

The measure introduced Monday by Sen. Tony Vargas would require the state’s three largest counties - Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy - to operate at least three early voting locations.

It also would extend the hours of all locations to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and set a minimum of eight hours to be open on Saturdays.

Vargas says he’s spoken with residents who say the distance and travel time to their voting location is a barrier to them casting their ballot.

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