Primary Concerns During Tuesday's Vote


Voter turnout was low for Tuesday's primary election, but for some of those who did vote finding their polling place was a challenge. One polling place in particular had reports of numerous voters who showed up at the wrong location.

The Sorensen Library at 90th and Dodge was a polling place Tuesday and has been one for years, but recently the precinct that votes there changed and that led to some confusion during the primary.

Jim Korn and his wife live near 96th and Dodge and have voted at the Sorensen Library for years, but Tuesday they remembered a notice they had received from the election commissioner's office a few months ago.

"We started looking for it yesterday morning," said Jim. "We thought, uh, oh, where is that thing? Where are we supposed to go? And luckily, we're doing a little digging through our files by our telephone, there were our two cards."

Those notice cards were sent out to every voter before the election last November, but an election office worker at the library polling place told Channel 6 News at least 50 people showed up to vote only to be told that their polling place had changed to a church a few blocks away.

Thousands of people who voted last November didn't even go to their polling places, but dropped off their early ballots in front of the election office, which could explain some of the confusion.

"We had 70,000, almost 80,000 people voting early during the last presidential general (election) and yeah, those people could have definitely voted early that time," said Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps.

Those voters may have not been to their actual polling place since precincts were redrawn last year. "We might have voted early through paper rather than going there personally," said Jim. "I don't remember being at that church before."

Phipps said there are always a few voters who end up at the wrong polling place for one reason or another. He also said his office does not log these types of complaints on Election Day.


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