Low Primary Turnout Expected, Though Higher Than Previous Years

By: Katie Stukey Email
By: Katie Stukey Email

The Nebraska primary is Tuesday, though most voters will not be going to the polls.

The projected turnout statewide is 30 percent. Douglas County expects 23 percent of its registered voters to submit a ballot while estimated participation in Sarpy County is 20 percent. That's one in five voters, yet it's considered an improvement from most years.

“That's actually really good for a primary,” says Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps. “I know it doesn't seem very high, but we're usually in the 10-15 percent range for turnout so it's gonna be a little higher and we're excited about that."

You can vote early at county election offices Friday or Monday during normal business hours as long as you've already registered.

“Our republic, our democracy, it demands that we come out and vote,” says Terrance Michael White. “I'm a Vietnam veteran, drafted. I did that part of my duty. This part is easier. The fact that they don't vote it's laziness, it's sloth, indifference, it's apathy. It's not any good values for us to have as Americans and patriots."

“We are so fortunate to be living in America,” says Marilyn Westenhaver. “Of the countries in the world that don't have that right, that privilege, we have to vote. If we don't vote we have no right to complain about anything. I can't figure why people wouldn't vote. It's so critical to have a say in how our country is run."

Polls will be open Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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