Voter turnout 67 percent in Nebraska, 72 percent in Iowa

Nov 8, 2012

Voter turnout in the Omaha metro area Tuesday was lower than anticipated, but polling places were busy.

Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says 66 percent of registered voters cast ballots Tuesday. He predicted turnout would be 68 percent, and says there are still a few thousand early and provisional ballots to be counted.

Douglas County re-opened some polling places after the May primary election. Phipps says polling places were busy, but few problems were reported.

Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties recorded 67.5 percent voter turnout. Pottawattamie County Auditor Marilyn Jo Drake says her office had six satellite locations for early voting, and was open on two Saturdays before Election Day. Sarpy County Election Commissioner Wayne Bena says 26,000 of the county’s registered voters cast ballots before Election Day.

Turnout was 67 percent in Nebraska and 72 percent in Iowa. Chad Olsen of the Iowa Secretary of State’s office says a record 44 percent of ballots were cast prior to Tuesday.