LINCOLN — Secretary of State John Gale's office will hold a public hearing Jan. 18 on a complaint that some voters were turned away from the polls in Douglas County.

Adam Morfeld of Nebraskans for Civic Reform filed the complaint, which alleges that, during the Nov. 6 general election, some voters were required to provide a voter identification number before they could get a provisional ballot.

The problems allegedly occurred in about 10 polling places, according to Morfeld.

Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps has said the problem was confined to a few poll workers who misunderstood the rules.

The hearing will be at 1:30 p.m. in the State Office Building in Lincoln.

Attorney Robert Kinsey Jr.will serve as the hearing officer for the proceeding and will determine if any violation occurred. If it did, he will make recommendations to Gale for fixing the issue. If there were not any violations, Kinsey will issue a written finding and dismiss the complaint.

The complaint is the second filed in Nebraska under the Help America Vote Act.

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