Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says there doesn't appear to be a lot of interest in next Tuesday's City Primary.
Phipps says even with the addition of the Omaha Public School races, it appears that voter interest isn’t very high this election. “As always when making a lower turnout prediction, I hope I’m wrong. I certainly do encourage everyone who is eligible to vote on April 2nd and make their voices heard,” Phipps says.
The legislature recently cut the number of OPS Board members from 12 to 9 and all of those seats will be up for grabs.
Phipps' prediction should not come as a suprise. The voter turnouts for previous City of Omaha primary elections were 25.5 percent in 2001, 16.6 percent in 2005, and 19.2 percent in 2009.
As of March 20, 274,321 registered voters were eligible to cast ballots in the 2013 Primary Election. An 18 percent voter turnout would result in 49,377 votes cast.
The Primary Election is April 2. Polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Voters will narrow the field of five candidates for mayor down to two. They will then face off in the General Election in May.