Polls Open: Every Vote Counts

By: Jodi Baker Email
By: Jodi Baker Email

The polls opened up in Iowa Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., and they opened in Nebraska at 8 a.m., in what's expected to be tight presidential vote.

Iowa is among the swing states that could make the difference between whether President Barack Obama serves a second term, or whether Governor Mitt Romney takes the job.

Beyond the presidency, congressional and senate seats, judicial retention and number of local issues will appear on ballots.

Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps projected a voter turnout, countywide, of 21-percent. Among the early voters casting her ballot early at the commission, was Blanca Markey. "It is our right to vote, and it is our obligation," she said proudly.

Braymen Adams, Jr., agreed. "The future as far as the generation to come. And what affects me as far as healthcare, medicare and retirement. because I'm getting to that particular age right now."

Adams said he was voting early because his grown children were both scheduled for kidney surgery on Election Day. His daughter is giving her kidney to her older brother.

"They already voted," he said. "It's a matter of great pride with our family."

Another early voter, Richard Baideme, said, "I think our youth these days are underappreciating the power we have in our vote. And I think it's important to set an example."

Among the young people who do seem to get it - a group of students at Harvey Oaks Elementary School in Millard.

They learned a song for this election, with lyrics like, "Mother, Father, take a stand. Vote for me until I can" and "Voting is your responsibility."

Said second grader Owen O'Doherty, "Voting is important."

Their school is one of the many polling places around town. Anyone with questions is urged to call the Douglas County Election Commissioner at (402) 444-VOTE.

All absentee ballots must be turned in, in person or at one of four drop box locations around town, by the time the polls close at 8 p.m. Iowa's polls close at 9 p.m.

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