BEATRICE – Voter interest at polling sites in Gage County today was running high, even with a significant number of early ballots cast in this General Election.
Gage County Clerk and Election Commissioner Dawn Hill says some voting locations got off to a quick start this morning.
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There are polling locations in Adams, Odell, Filley, Cortland, Wymore and at the Gage County Extension Office near Beatrice. Another three locations are in Beatrice, with Christ Community Church serving as the voting location for two of the city’s four wards.
Hill said people typically like to vote before heading to work, but she says it seemed especially busy early this morning.
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As of midday, Hill said 3,628 early voter ballots had been returned, out of a registered list of 14,264 voters in the county. That alone, is a better than 25% turnout, before counting those voting at the polls on Tuesday.
Hill said less than 140 early ballots were yet to come in. Several people have voted at the clerk’s office.
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Locally, races drawing a lot of interest appear to be the 30th District Legislative race, a half-cent local sales tax question to fund a new fire and rescue headquarters, school board elections and a race for a Gage County Board seat.
Statewide, the Medicaid ballot issue along with races for Governor, U.S. House and Senate are also adding to the interest.
KWBE will be reporting results of local races and issues along with results from surrounding counties. We’ll also have our election wrap-up show Wednesday morning between 8:00 and 8:30, on Newschannel Nebraska, KWBE.