Gale predicts 30% primary voter turnout

LINCOLN – Thirty percent of registered Nebraskans are expected to vote in the primary on May 13, according to the prediction issued by Secretary of State John Gale. Gale says he expects turnout will be strongest among Republicans, at around 44 percent.

Gale said he expects around 20 percent of Democrats will vote and 12 percent of nonpartisan voters will cast a ballot. Turnout among registered Libertarians should reach 20 percent.

Gale said he expects with a record number of strong contenders in well-financed races in both the Republican U.S. Senate race and the governor's race, it will likely fuel considerable activity at the polls. communities."

As of May 5 there have been more than 54,000 requests for early voting ballots and 28,052 people have voted early, either in person or by mail. In the 2010 primary, the state had 33,485 requests for early voting ballots in the same period.

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Early voting ballots that are mailed in must be received at the county election office by the close of polls on Election Day. The same is true for any ballots that are hand-delivered. They must be returned to the county election office by the time polls close.

Early voters may vote in person at the county election office up until the close of business on May 12.

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