Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps tells us what to expect in Tuesday's vote.
Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps predicts a voter turnout for the 2012 Statewide Presidential Primary Election of 21 percent.
"With competitive races for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the upcoming election may have a higher voter turnout than past primary elections," said Dave Phipps, Election Commissioner.
The voter turnouts for previous primary elections were 13.4 percent in 2004, 27.6 percent in 2006, 16.6 percent in 2008, and 12.0 percent in 2010.
"I believe turnout will be more than what we saw in the last Presidential Primary election in 2008, but less than what we saw in 2006," Phipps said. The 2006 election featured the race for Governor between Dave Heineman and Tom Osborne.
Douglas County is the most populated county in the state and has the largest number of registered voters. There are 316,653 voters registered in Douglas County, including 122,146 Republicans, 123,509 Democrats, 687 Libertarians, 9 Americans Elect, and 70,302 Nonpartisans.
A 21 percent voter turnout would amount to nearly 66,490 votes on Election Day.
The Statewide Presidential Primary Election is Tuesday, May 15, 2012.
Polls are open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.