Omaha Public Radio News
3:30 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

Low voter turnout predicted in Douglas County

Omaha, NE – Polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. tomorrow for Nebraska's general election.

Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says he's expecting a low voter turnout for this election. He says it's not uncommon to have a lower voter turnout when the majority of the races are not competitive. Phipps says less voter interest equals less people coming out to the polls. He's predicting about a 39% turnout for Douglas County. Phipps says that is a pretty low number, "but if you look at 8 years ago we had about 43% and 12 years ago we had about 41%, so we're really only a few points lower than that. You know for a midterm it's always going to be a little bit off." He wants to remind voters that any electioneering that occurs on Election Day, including petition signature gathering, may not occur within 200 feet of a polling place.

Candidate information and sample ballots are available online at votedouglascounty.com. Omaha Public Radio will bring you coverage of the 2010 Nebraska general midterm election tomorrow evening, beginning at 8:00. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow in Iowa.