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      Nebraska Voter Turnout Falls Short of Expectations

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      Secretary of Sate John Gale had predicted that Nebraska's voter turnout would be on par with the 2008 general election, but early data is indicating not as many voters cast their ballots as originally expected.

      Initial data says that only about 67 percent of Nebraska's registered voters actually voted in this years November 6 election.

      "That is short of our initial prediction of 71 percentturnout," said Gale. "We had hoped to come close, if not exceed what we had in2008. All the conditions were ripe for that to happen. The weather cooperated,there were highly contested races, early voting appeared to be strong andpolling places were busy on Tuesday."

      Counting is not over, counties are still counting provisional ballots which may have an affect on the final number.

      Each of the congressional districts reported similar numbers of voter turnout: 67.5 percent voted in District 1, 66.7 percent voted in District 2and 69.8 percent voted in District 3.

      The county with the highest voter turnout was Hitchcockwith 86.7 percent. The county with the lowest turnout was Thurston County with 46.8 percent.

      "While we did not reach the projection, I am pleasedthat, by and large, Nebraskans headed to the polls," said Gale. "I know thatsince early voting started in October, our county election offices all acrossthe state have been extremely busy. We appreciate their efforts as well."

      Gale added that there are some races that maywarrant an automatic recount, after factoring in provisional ballots. "Thereare a couple of Legislative races and one race for the Southeast CommunityCollege Board that could apply."

      Counties have until next week to tabulate theirprovisional ballots and report the results. The final statewide results will becertified on December 3.

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