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Outage at Nebraska election center blamed on squirrel | KTIC Radio

Outage at Nebraska election center blamed on squirrel

Outage at Nebraska election center blamed on squirrel

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – As if things aren’t chaotic enough in lead-up to the election, now this: A squirrel caused a power outage at the Douglas County Election Commission as people were waiting for hours in line to cast their ballots.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the lights began to flicker shortly after 3 p.m. Friday as people were in line for three hours, then the power was lost. A squirrel somehow was messing with the electrical equipment.

The Omaha Public Power District was able to get the power restored by 4:30 p.m., and the office’s computers were back online by 5 p.m. Voters who were still in line were asked to return Saturday.

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