Phipps Predicts "Reasonably Busy Election”

Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps is predicting a voter turnout for the 2014 Statewide Gubernatorial Primary Election of 23 percent for Douglas County.

The voter turnouts for previous statewide primary elections were 27.6 percent in 2006, 16.6 percent in 2008, 12.0 percent in 2010, and 23.8 percent in 2012.

“This should be a reasonably busy election,” said Dave Phipps, Election Commissioner. “Primary elections always have lower turnouts than November elections, but compared to previous gubernatorial elections, voter participation should be higher.”

As of May 1, 2014, there were 321,645 Douglas County residents registered to vote, including 122,394 Democrats, 123,241 Republicans, 1,701 Libertarians, and 74,309 Nonpartisan. A turnout of 23 percent would result in 73,978 votes cast.

“Most of the turnout seems to be driven by the contested races for U.S. Senate and Governor on the Republican side, however, there are competitive races for both parties this year which should help drive people to the polls,” said Phipps.

The Statewide Gubernatorial Primary Election is Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Polls are open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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