Larger turnout than usual expected in the Omaha primaries

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Douglas County’s Election Commissioner believes an additional 10,000 votes will be cast into these dropboxes.

The deadline at the dropboxes is the same as at a polling station. The ballot has to be in the box by 8 p.m. tonight, otherwise it won’t be counted.

It’s unlikely to be one of those elections that drag on into the night, largely because the early voting is likely to beat any votes cast in the primary four years ago.

These numbers will be released first right after the polls close at 8 p.m. The personal vote was relatively calm if you ask the election officials. We did a spot check in the afternoon at the Omaha Community Playhouse and some nearby churches.

One employee giggled when we asked if they were busy. For the sake of fairness, primaries do not usually result in large voter turnouts. So it is different to know if all early votes are new voters or those who intended to vote in person, if not for a pandemic.

In some city races there are only two candidates, so the two will face each other again on May 11th.

“I think it will be an interesting barometer of where things are now. But I also plan to spend the next five weeks engaging with voters on topics like repairing roads, keeping our neighborhoods safe and clearing the pandemic in our community, ”said Sara Kohen, city council candidate for District 7.

“I think you are measuring the support that you have earned so far. So it’s almost like a real poll on how you’re going to behave in the general election. I don’t treat elementary school any differently when two people pull through, ”said Aimee Melton, city council candidate for District 7.

Many expect a similar story for the general election in five weeks’ time. The election commissioner assumes that these numbers will make up around two thirds of the vote.

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