Voter Turnout Could Be Higher In Douglas County For Primary

(WOWT)-- Officials at the Douglas County Election Commission were busy testing ballot machines Monday and are already counting mail-in ballots.

Polls are open in Omaha today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

More than 300 ballots were cast on Saturday as the elections office opened up for early voters, and officials predict the excitement to continue as a larger than average turnout is expected this year.

Douglas Co. Election Commissioner Brian Kruse predicts a 23% turnout for Tuesday's primary. That's actually 2% more than the last city primary. Kruse says this year's mayoral race is drawing big attention.

12,700 early ballots were mailed out and nearly 70% of them have already been returned, according to Kruse.

Mayoral candidates were also taking advantage of the final hours. Mayor Jean Stothert was seen waving to drivers near 90th & Dodge. Mayoral candidate Heath Mello held a meet and greet with some north Omaha faith and community leaders.

The entire mayoral buzz seems to be pushing Omaha residents to get out the vote. The top two candidates in each race advance to the general election next month.

Also a word of advice from the Douglas Co. Election Commission, just because your address is Omaha doesn't necessarily mean you're a resident in the City of Omaha. You could live in an SID or outside city limits. It urges you to check before going to the polls Tuesday.

All early voting mail-in ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. Tuesday night. 



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