The primary election in Nebraska is May 13 and one county has party break-downs,
The contested races for the Republican primary for Cass County Clerk (Terry D. Tilson, Gary Wohlers, Gerri Draper, Jim Gruber), the Republican primary for Cass County Assessor (Allen Sutcliffe, Lori Huebner), the nonpartisan District 2 State Legislature (Bill Kintner, Ron Nolte, Mel Luetchens) and for the non partisan Plattsmouth Mayoral seat (Paul Lambert, Pat Dugan, Mike Bowman) are drawing the most attention and generating the most advertising.
With no Democrats filing for county clerk or county assessor, the primary winners in those two races go into the General Election unopposed.
The top two candidates in the state legislature and mayoral races will square off in November.
On the state level, the secretary of state’s office noted last week that of the 7600 changing party affiliations, 4300 of those registered as Republicans. Secretary of State John Gale says he can only speculate that the contested Republican primaries in the governor and US Senate races are strong influences for those making the change.
Cass County Election Commissioner Nancy Josoff speculates it is the “compounded” interest of the state races with the local county clerk and assessor Republican primaries that brought people into her office to change party affiliations.
The latest party breakdown of registered voters in Cass County:
If someone does change a party affiliation for the primary they can change back before the November vote if they wish to do so.
Early voting started April 11th. Some are voting by mail and some are voting in person at the Election Office. So far as of noon yesterday, 1,274 have voted in Cass County, said Josoff.
Among the deadlines approaching for voters to be aware of is the in-person voting registration deadline this Friday (5/2). You can register at the Cass County Election Office at 201 Main in Plattsmouth until 6pm on Friday. Wednesday (5/7) at 4pm is the deadline for a request for an early ballot to be mailed to a specific address.
Early voters may vote in person at the Election Office up until the close of business on May 12.