Secretary of State John Gale says Nebraska’s voter registration could set an all-time high this year.
The record was approximately 1,165,000 set in the 2012 General Election. Gale says the current number is roughly 15,000 below that amount.
“(There are) public debates and candidate discord and disagreement – particularly on the Republican side, but on both sides – that is generating a lot of public interest in registering to vote,” Gale tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We may end up with a record voter registration in 2016.”
He says the online registration system that started last September has helped increase numbers.
“We’ve had over 10,000 who have registered online (since September), particularly using their mobile devices, which younger people like,” Gale says.
Voters can register at a Democratic caucus site Saturday, while in person registration for the Primary Election ends May 2nd.
“I think the momentum that we’re gaining through this Primary, is going to continue through the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention, because the nominations may still be up in the air,” Gale says.