Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps is predicting a 23% voter turnout for the county for Tuesday’s primary election. Phipps says voter turnouts for previous statewide primary elections were about 27% in 2006, 16% in 2008, 12% in 2010 and 23% in 2012.
Phipps says, “Primary elections always have lower turnouts than November elections, but compared to previous gubernatorial elections, voter participation should be higher. Most of the turnout seems to be driven by the contested races for U-S Senate and Governor on the Republican side; however there are competitive races for both parties this year which should help drive more people to the polls.”
A turnout of 23% would result in just fewer than 74,000 votes cast.