Secretary of State John Gale said he sees no reason to investigate the Douglas County election commissioner for closing nearly half of the county's polling places.
The Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest and Nebraskans for Civic Reform asked Gale earlier this week to look into the actions of Election Commissioner Dave Phipps.
Under the Phipps changes, state legislative districts with the fewest polling places are those with the highest minority populations, said the voting groups.
The closings "appear to have a discriminatory effect and impinge upon the fundamental right to vote," the letter said.
Gale had criticized Phipps in a letter to the governor, saying the poll closings will create confusion for voters.
But he said state law allows Phipps to make the changes.
"While hindsight would now suggest that a more cautious change would have been a wiser choice in Douglas County, there is no indication of illegal conduct or malicious intent," Gale wrote.
He noted that Phipps has apologized and tried to address voter concerns.
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