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Today last day to cast early ballot

Staff Reports

Unless you already have an absentee ballot, today will be the last chance to vote before Election Day.

County election officials hope to crack 17,745 voters, which would mean 60 percent of the electorate early voted.

“We are thrilled with the results,” Douglas County Clerk Treasurer Kathy Lewis said on Wednesday. “Our focus and goal is to still see 60 percent of our residents early vote or absentee vote.”

Early voting continues 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the historic Douglas County Courthouse. Any registered Douglas voter may cast a ballot at the courthouse today regardless of where they live.

In the 2012 presidential election, 17,298 voters cast a ballot before Election Day, accounting for 60.66 percent turnout.

As of Wednesday, 11,701 residents voted early and another 2,587 absentee, bringing the total to 14,288, so far.

On Tuesday, the voting machines are moved to the dozen polling places located around Douglas County. Then voters must go to their precinct’s polling place to cast a ballot between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Results will be announced on Tuesday night.

Anyone who has an absentee ballot may drop it off at any polling place or at the courthouse up until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Douglas County is home to 29,576 active registered voters in Douglas County as of Oct. 20. There are also 5,972 inactive voters on the rolls.

Low turnout in the 2014 general election resulted in nearly a third of Douglas County’s voters being listed as inactive in 2015.

Inactive voters may cast a ballot by showing up at the polls and providing confirmation of their address and information.

Douglas County is overwhelmingly Republican with 16,466 voters registered in the GOP. There at 6,882 Democrats and 4,429 nonpartisan registered active voters in the county.

Independent Americans make up the largest minor party with 1,340 voters.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the last Democrat to win a presidential election in Douglas County in 1932 during the Great Depression.