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Secretary of State comments on voter turnout
News 5's Josh Egbert is covering tonight's race from Lincoln.
He caught up with Secretary of State John Gale to discuss today's progress at the polls.
Josh Egbert: Secretary of State, just tell me, what are you expecting for voter turnout this year?
John Gale: Well, Josh, we projected 71% turnout which would be a record. The next highest would've been 2008 when we had 70.2% turnout. We're at this point even more optimistic and hopeful of a larger turnout in light of today and what's happening across the state.
Josh: Not only is this a huge Presidential election, but also the big Senate race. Does that influence the voter turnout as well?
Gale: Well, absolutely, Josh. As you know in this day and age it's sometimes tough to get the attention of citizens. They're busy working, they have children, they're busy in their community or just in their ordinary, everyday lives. So, with the intensity of the publicity and media attention in that Senate race there's no question that voters were very engaged with that election. There's also, of course, a close Congressional race in the second Congressional district which is not unusual. And we also have 10-12 of the legislative races that are close and competitive. A lot of publicity in those races. All of those things together help add up to voters attention. And when you look at the early voting it showed people really were ready to vote.
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