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Percentage of Douglas County voters shatters projection

Posted at 5:48 PM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 18:53:17-05

At the Douglas County Election Commission office, ballots are making their way in, as well as the equipment used at polling sites after Election Day.

As volunteers scan their way through votes, county election commissioner Brian Kruse expects to get a final percentage of voter turnout around Thanksgiving.

"We expected 52 percent in Douglas County, it's probably going to settle in around 55 or 56 percent by the time everything is all done and counted and the dust settles," Kruse said.

After candidates won their races Tuesday night and thanked voters, our partners at the Omaha World-Herald took a look at the voter turnout percentages throughout the years.

"You have to go back to 1994 for the last midterm that was higher than the one we had yesterday," data analyst Jeff Robb said. "That's good, but it's not quite the enthusiasm we saw in 1994 when Republicans took the house with large margins and a huge voter advantage."

Election commissioner Kruse says the figure for our part of Nebraska is likely to continue to grow in future elections. 

"We know that Douglas County and the city of Omaha is growing, so as it grows we would expect and hope for registration counts to grow which we would hope translates to more turnout on Election Day," Kruse said.

Voter turnout across Nebraska reached 56 percent, as of Wednesday.