Primary Day arrives in Nebraska

What you need to know
Posted at 2:23 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 17:03:03-04

OMAHA, Neb, (KMTV) - Tuesday will be a big day in Nebraska as voters head to the polls to make their voices heard in the primary election.

KMTV will offer live election results on our website as they come in on Tuesday night. We'll also have a full Primary Day recap on our 10 p.m. news.

Those voting at the polls this year will encounter a different experience than normal due to the coronavirus crisis. The number of mail-in ballots skyrocketed this year, and voter turnout is expected to be especially high.

While there are many races on Tuesday, a few races figure to generate more interest than others.

Kara Eastman, Gladys Harrison and Ann Ashford are battling in the Democratic Primary in U.S. House District 2. The winner will take on incumbent Don Bacon in November, providing the Republican can hold off primary challenger Paul Anderson on Tuesday.

In U.S. House District 1, Democrats Babs Ramsey and Kate Bolz are going head-to-head for a chance to take on Republican incumbent Jeff Fortenberry in November.

A crowded Democratic field is also bidding for a chance to take on Republican Sen. Ben Sasse in November.

3 News Now reporter Jon Kipper recently profiled several of those candidates.

Ann Ashford

Don Bacon/Paul Anderson

Kara Eastman

Gladys Harrison

Babs Ramsey

Kate Bolz

State Senate District 11 has several candidates vying for a chance to succeed State Sen. Ernie Chambers, who can't run again due to term limits.

Omaha voters will also decide on a $200 million bond issue that would help pay for street rehabilitation, concrete panel replacement, and other street maintenance issues.

The polling places close at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Voters can also drop off mail-in ballots at an election commission drop box until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

For general voting information in Nebraska, click here.