Scotts Bluff County voter turnout 'very light' in early polling

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GERING, Neb. (KNEP) - Voters in Scotts Bluff County have been heading to the polls today, and despite a number of contested races, the turnout has been light.

County Election Commissioner Vera Dulaney tells NBC Nebraska that the turnout Tuesday morning was very light. However, Dulaney points out that the number of voters going to the polls during primary elections is almost always lower than that of the general election.

Local races generating interest in the county include three County Commissioner races, where incumbents Mark Reichert, Sherry Blaha and Mark Masterton all face challenges for the Republican nomination for Districts 1, 3 and 5, respectively.

Also of interest is the County Clerk's race, with Dulaney having decided not to run. On the Republican ballot, Ryan Griffin, Dianne Rickard Summerville, Pamela Schleve-Cassels, and Kelly Sides are seeking the Republican nomination. The winner will be facing Kurt Zadina in November as the only other party candidate that appeared on the ballot.

Polling places remain open until 7:00pm, shortly after which Dulaney says she should have results from early balloting. NBC Nebraska will bring you all the results, here online, on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as at 10p.