The Douglas County Election Commission anticipates 18 percent voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election.
Polls are open Tuesday from 8 am to 8 pm. There are 7 candidates for Mayor, and at least two candidates for each of the 7 Omaha City Council seats. There are also 39 candidates seeking 9 seats on the OPS board.
Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says that’s only slightly created more interest among voters.
“I think overall there’s probably more interest in it. I don’t know if it’s specifically interested in who the candidates are, who’s voting, I think people are interested in the fact of there’s certainly change, I don’t know if that’s going to be really translating in to more people coming out to vote for it.”
Turnout for the 2009 Omaha primary election was 19.2 percent. In 2005, it was 16.6 percent.
Omaha Public Radio News will bring you coverage of the Omaha primary election starting Tuesday at 8pm.