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Early voting may project small primary turnout
by Bill Baldowski
May 14, 2014 04:28 PM | 1339 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the Douglas County primary election scheduled Tuesday, a number of interesting races will face Douglas County voters as they step into the ballot box.

However, the question remains about how many residents will take that step.

If early voting results are any indication, turnout may be light.

Although Douglas County Elections Superintendent Laurie Fulton would not predict voting percentages for either the primary or general election, she said early voting has been slow throughout the county.

A total of 950 voters had cast ballots early through the close of business Thursday, Fulton said. Douglas County has 70,000 registered voters.

Fulton offered a couple of reasons residents may not be taking advantage of early voting opportunities.

“Some voters may still not realize that the primary is May 20 and, as such, earlier than in years past,” she said.

“In addition, Douglas voters may not see any of the primary races as very controversial this year.”

Voter turnout has typically been 20 to 25 percent in primary elections, Fulton said.

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