Nebraska Primary Election: Low Numbers Are Normal
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, NE —
Tuesday is primary election day in Nebraska, but a majority of voters were electing to not hit the polls.
As of 1:00 Tuesday afternoon, a lot of the polling places in South Sioux City had less than 50 voters turn out.
Nebraska's Secretary of State says those low numbers have become the norm.
Primary Election Day has come to Nebraska, but if you stopped to vote on Tuesday you were one of the few.
Most of the polling places in South Sioux City were ghost towns.
"Well, unfortunately it's become the norm," said John A. Gale, Nebraska's Secretary of State. "We've had a turnout of less than 25% in four out of the past five primaries."
It looks like that low turnout will make a return this year, less than 25% voter turnout is projected yet again.
That means only around 284,000 out of around 1.1 million registered voters in the state, Democrat and Republican alike, were projected to hit the polls.
"I don't think there's a lot of interest in the election, because I think a lot of Democrats are a little bit disappointed with Obama," said Harry Krommenhoek, a registered independent, as he hit the polls Tuesday. "There are a lot of things that he didn't do and some things that he did that they didn't really like."
Besides the run for President the state's U.S. Senate race has been getting a lot of attention, but Nebraska's Secretary of State says that a lack of grass roots campaigning might be to blame for those voters who aren't voting.
But regardless of Tuesday's election, he says November is shaping up to look much different.
"People are expecting there could be $50 million spent in Nebraska between Bob Kerrey and the Republican nominee," said Gale. "So we're going to have several things really driving that race in the fall, so I think we could have a record turnout and a record percentage."
The Secretary of State's expecting up to 75% of registered voters to head to the polls in November, that could be upwards of 850,000 people.
Election results are available from the Secretary of State's website: http://electionresults.sos.ne.gov/