Nebraska’s top elections official is predicting a record number of votes will be cast in the state next Tuesday.
Secretary of State John Gale says voter registration in the state has reached 1,211,499, which is a new record itself and is 46,000 more than during the primary earlier this year.
Gale says it’s been tricky to predict turnout for the general election because of the boost in registrations, but also because early voting, while steady, has not seen the surge that was expected.
Counties report some 137,000 have been returned by mail or were marked in person, but Gale says many people are holding onto the ballots.
Mailed ballots have to be received by the close of the polls on Tuesday to count, while early in-person voting ends Monday.
Gale says it appears most voting Nebraskans will be sticking with the tradition of going to the polls on Election Day.
In the previous two presidential elections, statewide voter turnout hovered at 69% and 70%. Gale says, “We will need at least 848,000 Nebraskans to vote this year, to reach a turnout of 70%.”
Election results from the statewide races as well as the total vote on Referendum No. 426 will be published live on the Secretary of State’s website. They will be updated every five minutes.