The Douglas County Election Commission expects a good turnout

May 15, 2012

Polls are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. today. 

Today is Nebraska’s Primary Election and Dave Phipps, Douglas County Election Commissioner, says they predict a turnout of 21%.  He says that would be about 66,500 people voting, with early ballots and votes cast today. 

Phipps says he doesn’t expect voters to have many issues with the new polling places.  He says the election commission sent cards in March advising people of their polling places.  Phipps says the election commission has been busy with a higher than usual rate of early votes.

"That can easily be traced to the fact that we sent a request to every voter. Normally we would expect between 5,000 and 7,000 early votes for a primary election but so far, we’ve sent out about 33,000 ballots and gotten about 16,000 or 17,000 back so we’re much higher than we normally would be but I think this one is kind of an aberration.”

Details on where to vote are available online at  Tune in this evening at 8:00 for Omaha Public Radio’s live coverage of the election returns.