The Sarpy County Election Commission is predicting a 53% voter turnout in Sarpy County for the 2018 Gubernatorial General Election.
With record breaking numbers for voter registration and early voting ballot requests, numbers for the 2018 mid-term are more on par with a presidential election year. In the 2104 mid-term General Election, 12,000 voters requested Early Voting Ballots. This year, more than 25,000 Early Voting Ballots have been requested and more than 18,000 have already been returned with 5 days remaining until Election Day. During the 2016 General Election, 31,000 voters requested Early Voting Ballots.
“We are seeing record-breaking participation in this election by Sarpy County voters. It’s always great to see citizens exercising their voting rights,” Sarpy County Election Commissioner Michelle Andahl said. “One exciting aspect of this election is the number of young first-time voters that have registered. We have over 1,200 voters that registered this year who are 18 and will be voting in their first election.”
Andahl added: “We encourage all voters who do not want to vote at a polling location or who just want more time to study the candidates and issues, to come to our office to request an early ballot.”
If voters want to cast an early ballot, they can visit the Sarpy County Election Office through 5 p.m. Nov. 5 to vote in person or take a ballot home with them. The Election Office is at 501 Olson Drive in Papillion. It shares the same parking lot as Jerzes Bar and Grill. Look for the giant inflatable Early Voting Eagle on top of the office.
Ballots can be mailed in or dropped off in the Election Office during business hours. Ballots also can be dropped off 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at one of the four ballot drop boxes located around Sarpy County.