The Nebraska Secretary of State says more than one-point-one million people are registered to vote statewide in Tuesday’s general election. That’s down slightly from the 2004 presidential election.
Still, if the early voter turnout in one rural northeast Nebraska county is any indication, it could be a very busy Election Day. Joann Fischer, the Knox County Clerk, says she’s seen a lot of traffic in her office lately. Fischer says the county’s already had a record number of early voters with 609. She says that compares to about 520 in the election two years ago.
Fischer says they’re expecting a big turnout on Tuesday and has told her precinct workers to expect large crowds. She says there have been a lot of college students voting early in addition to others who plan to be out of the area. Fischer says there are a lot of concerns pushing people in to vote this year.
Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale says there are 1,157,034 people registered in the state this year. That includes more than 558,000 Republicans, nearly 393,000 Democrats and more than 195,000 independents. The Nebraska Party registered 8,625. The Green Party registered 1,041. The Libertarian Party registered 453. Republican registrations dropped by more than 17,000 since 2004. The number of independent registrations were up by a similar measure, while Democratic registrations fell more than 3,800 since 2004.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton