Turnout could be low for Tuesday election – Douglas County Sentinel: Local News

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May

Turnout could be low for Tuesday election – Douglas County Sentinel: Local News

If the number of early voters is any indication, a small percentage of citizens will be deciding races in the May 20 primary election on Tuesday.

As of around noon Friday, the final day of advanced voting, 4 percent, or about 2,800 voters, had cast ballots out of Douglas County’s roughly 70,200 active voters.

About two-thirds of the ballots cast in early voting were in the Republican Primary in Douglas County.

Douglas County Elections Supervisor Laurie Fulton said she was initially projecting between 20 and 25 percent of voters in the county to vote in the primary.

“I guess the best I could say is we hope we can reach that turnout,” Fulton said.

To still reach that projection, there’s going to have to be a heavy influx of voters showing up at precincts around the county on election day.

Advanced voting typically makes up around 30 percent of the total turnout in primary elections, Fulton said.

She speculated that voters may not be turning out to vote because the primary this year is two months earlier than usual and because she said there are “so many unknown names running for office.”

Still, there’s no doubting the importance of the offices up for grabs. While the hotly contested U.S. Senate race is drawing most of the statewide attention, there are several big local races on the ballot.

The District 4 seat on the Douglas Counnty Board of Commissioners will be decided Tuesday. Republican incumbent Ann Jones Guider is facing businessman J.R. McCoy in a race that will decide who holds that seat for the next four years since no Democrats qualified.

And 13-year incumbent State Court Judge Neal Dettmering is facing opposition from local attorney Sonya Compton in a nonpartisan race that will also be decided Tuesday.

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