Voting in special elections could be easier for rural Nebraskans under a bill considered Thursday by the Legislature's Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. • population requirement for counties to qualify for holding elections by mail. • allow special elections by mail to include candidate issues. Under current law, counties must have a population of 10,000 people or less to qualify for elections by mail. Currently, there are 74 counties in Nebraska with 10,000 people or less.