Omaha Public Radio News
2:44 am
Wed May 14, 2008

Voter turnout for primary election below 20 percent

Omaha, NE – Voter turnout in Douglas County for Tuesday's primary election was lower than anticipated.

Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says 16 percent of the county's registered voters actually cast ballots in the primary election. Phipps anticipated 20 percent voter turnout. He says while low turnout is typical for a primary election, he's disappointed. Phipps says it seems as though many voters were either disinterested or unaware that an election was going on.

Phipps says his office will now start preparing for the November general election, when turnout is expected to reach 65 to 70 percent. He says his office has to prepare for each election the same way no matter how many voters show up.

Sarpy County also recorded 16 percent voter turnout Tuesday.

Unofficial election results show voter turnout statewide was 23 percent.