Lincoln sets city primary turnout record with 31%
Lancaster County set a record of 31.17 percent voter turnout in the City of Lincoln Primary Election.
There are 168,295 registered voters in the City of Lincoln, of which 52,457 cast their ballot. Lancaster County Election Commissioner Dave Shively said the typical turnout for a Lincoln primary is about 36,000 voters.
According to statistics on the Lancaster County Election Commission website, this is the highest voter turnout on record percentage-wise for a primary election.
The top races of interest were a quarter-cent sales tax increase (which passed by a small margin) and the race for mayor. Lincoln hasn't had a new mayor in 12 years. Due to newly approved term-limits, Chris Beutler was ineligible to run for a fourth term. Leirion Gaylor Baird and Cyndi Lamm advanced to the General Election on May 7.
Lancaster County has seen higher turnouts for general elections. There was a 62 percent voter turnout in the 2018 General Election.
Shively predicted a higher voter turnout after there were nearly 4,000 more requests for early ballots in this election cycle.
Here's how previous primaries stack up:
April 1999: 23.63%
April 2003: 20.99%
April 2007: 18.26%
April 2011: 13.73%
April 2015: 23.80%
April 2019: 31.17%