Voter turnout is low in Douglas County |

Voter turnout is low in Douglas County

by Merrie Leininger, staff writer

Douglas County voters stayed home Tuesday, reflecting the overall turnout in the rest of the state, as of The Record-Courier’s 5 p.m. press deadline.

“It’s been low. I think all the precincts we checked with said slow, but kind of steady,” said Douglas County Clerk/Treasurer Barbara Reed. “Because the ballot was so small, we did not have any local races that were high profile or highly contested and we didn’t have a lot of controversy. The Democrats didn’t have anything except non-partisan offices and, unfortunately, people have a tendency to think that means it isn’t very important.”

Voting began at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning and the polls remained open in the 33 voting areas until 7 p.m.

Early voting was good this year, which was held from Aug. 19-Sept. 1.

Reed said 1,608 Douglas County voters turned out early this year. She said 378 returned their absentee ballots, although her office sent out more than 600.

Reed said early voting numbers were about the same as from four years ago.

“But two years ago, there were highly contested county commissioner races. As I remember, there were around 3,000 early voters,” Reed said.

For complete election numbers, check out the Secretary of State’s Web site at or the county clerk’s Web site at

“We will be posting results on our Web site as the precincts are counted. We did it two years ago and it was very successful. We had over 4,000 hits on our Web site on election day. It has been upgraded so it will be a little faster. We will also be doing that for the general,” Reed said.

Full coverage of the Douglas County primary election will be available in the Saturday edition of The Record-Courier.

Douglas County has 27,214 people registered to vote. Of those, 20,173 are active. Republicans dominate the rolls with 11,909 members. There are 5,538 Democrats and 2,263 non-partisan voters.

Republicans had a five races to vote for, while Democrats had three.

Republicans voted on races between Richard Hamzik vs. John Ensign for U.S. Senate, Randy Green, John Louritt and John Raker for Douglas County School board, Area 4. They also could vote for Dave Cook, Barbara Myers or Shelly Trusty-Murphy for state school board trustee, a state Supreme Court justice and a U.S. Representative.

Democrats and non-partisans could vote for the Supreme Court justice, state education and county school board races.

The top two vote-getters in the state school board race and the local school board race go on to the general election.