Dawn Hill, the election commissioner for Gage County, says based on the interest in early voting, turnout could be up, though party affiliations may be changing.
“The Republican party is always a strong party in Nebraska, but I’m seeing a few more of the Libertarian and the non-partisan seems to be picking up,” Hill says. “I think people, with all of the things that go on in the political world, they’re getting a little disenfranchised and they just want to pull away and be not labeled either one.”
Early voting has changed the strategy for candidates, she says, as so many people are using absentee ballots to skip having to go to the polls.
“We did have a number of candidates call us and ask when those ballots went out,” Hill says. “They went out on September 29th so they were very conscious of that too and geared their campaign material.”
Hill believes a 50% voter turnout is realistic this year, based on early voting trends.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice