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.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney says the Keystone XL pipeline project should be built.
Romney spoke at a campaign rally Thursday afternoon in Omaha. The rally comes five days before Nebraska’s primary election. During his ten-minute speech to an overflow crowd, Romney talked about jobs, health care, and domestic sources of energy. He says all sources of power should be considered, including the Keystone XL pipeline.
The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha is offering a non-partisan guide for metro area voters who want more information before they cast a ballot next Tuesday. The voter’s guide has information on candidates running for races in Douglas County.
Bev Traub, current president for the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, says the guide is meant to assist voters in gaining a more complete view of the candidates who are running for office. She says not all candidates are equally familiar to the public.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will campaign Thursday in Omaha.
A news release from Romney’s campaign says the former Massachusetts Governor will speak Thursday afternoon at a rally at Rick’s Café Boatyard. The stop comes five days before Nebraska’s primary election.
In 2008, President Obama won the electoral vote tied to Nebraska’s Second Congressional District. Senator John McCain won Nebraska’s First and Third Congressional District votes.
Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says the polling places will reopen before the November general election. How many polling places will reopen has yet to be determined. Primary election turnout, along with general election results from the past two presidential elections, will determine which polling places reopen.
The federal deficit was on the minds of the GOP candidates for Nebraska’s Second Congressional District at a debate Friday. The Omaha Press Club and League of Women Voters sponsored the debate.
Incumbent Congressman Lee Terry has three challengers. One is financial advisor Brett Lindstrom. UNO mathematics professor Jack Heidel and former Douglas County Republican Party Chairman Glenn Freeman are also running for Congress.
The Republican candidates for Nebraska’s Second Congressional District debate this week.
The Omaha Press Club and League of Women Voters are hosting the debate at noon Friday. Incumbent Congressman Lee Terry is seeking another term in the U-S House. He has three opponents. One is financial adviser Brett Lindstrom. UNO mathematics professor Jack Heidel and former Douglas County Republican Party Chairman Glenn Freeman are also running for Congress.
The executive director of the Nebraska Democratic Party says turnout for Saturday’s second presidential caucus was lower than expected, but still encouraging.
Jim Rogers attributes the lower turnout in part to the primary being non-contested. He says the red and white game, and the storms that broke out across the Metro, affected turnout. Despite the challenges, he says North Omaha had the largest turnout with over 100 registered voters caucusing there.
Early voting for Nebraska's May 15th primary election begins Monday.
Redistricting means there are fewer polling places in Douglas and Sarpy counties. Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says voters can come to the election commission office and cast an early ballot, pick up a ballot, or request one by mail.
Sarpy County Election Commissioner Wayne Bena says about 30 percent of registered voters voted early in the 2008 general election. He expects it’ll be higher this election cycle.
Sarpy County voters will have fewer polling places in May.
Election Commissioner Wayne Bena says redistricting resulted in Sarpy County losing 20 polling places. Originally 71, the county now has 51 polling places and 52 precincts.
Bena says cards have been sent to voters with their new polling place information. He says the county also has a new polling place finder map on its website. “What this will allow people to do is to type in their address, and it’ll show you a map of where your house is to where your polling site is, and will give you driving directions as well.”