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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Voter turnout running heavy at Otoe and Fremont County polling places

  • Despite record-setting early balloting in the region there is still plenty of action at polling places this morning.

    Otoe County Election Commissioner Janene Bennett had contacted all 13 of the county's precincts by 10 a.m. and said all have been busy.

    Election officials in both Otoe and Fremont county report record-setting early voting as well.
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  • Despite record-setting early balloting in the region there is still plenty of action at polling places this morning.
    Otoe County Election Commissioner Janene Bennett had contacted all 13 of the county's precincts by 10 a.m. and said all have been busy.
    Election officials in both Otoe and Fremont county report record-setting early voting as well.
    Bennett said most polling places reported lines when voting started at 8 a.m.
    Bennett said she does not recall a busier morning for any election.
    Bennett earlier reported that a record number of voters had applied for early ballots. There were 1,843 early voting ballots issued.
    The previous record of early ballots was 900, which the county reached three weeks prior to the election.
    Fremont County election officials report over 1,300 early ballots were turned in, exceeding the previous record of 1,100.
    Numerous calls from polling places indicate that voter turnout is high.
    Voter turnout stats for Nebraska: 2002, 42 percent; 2004, 68 percent; 2008, 71 percent; 2010, 42 percent.
    The 2010 voter turnout is a record low since the state adopted statewide voter registration in 1968.

    Where to vote
    Nebraska City has six voting districts which cast ballots at three polling places, First Baptist Church, Methodist Church and Bethel Church.
    • The Baptist Church, 302 S. Seventh St., is for most Nebraska City residents east of Ninth Street.
    • The Methodist Church, 1023 First Ave., is for most residents east of 19th Street and north of Central Avenue.
    • The Bethel Church, 2400 Central Ave., is for most residents west of 11th Street and south of Central Avenue, and residents west of 19th Street.
    • The polling place at the county roads shop on the J. Sterling Morton Beltway has been discontinued.
    • Voters in the Four Mile Township will vote at Bethel, voters at Wyoming will vote at the Methodist Church and voters in the Wyoming township will vote in Otoe.

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