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Lincoln voters decide on council seats, charter amendments

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By: Sabrina Ahmed
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Voters trickle in all evening to cast their ballots at Southview Baptist Church, but voter turnout is expected to be low.

"A vote on 21 percent turnout is a lot different than a vote on 70 percent turnout," Commissioner David Shively said.

The Lancaster County Election Commissioner said, if you vote this election, your voice is sure to be heard.  About 21 percent of people will make it to the polls this year to vote to fill the three open city council seats, but in a city of about a quarter of a million people, 21 percent gives voters a pretty big piece of the pie.

"When you look at the historical turnout for elections, the number of people voting is pretty typical for this type of election—for a city or municipal election," Shively said.

But voters say casting a ballot for this election is important, because the City Council makes decisions that effect people in Lincoln every day, like parks, roads, and libraries.

"Amongst other races and things we're gonna vote on today, certainly the City Council is an integral and very important part of the reason why I'm voting today," Ben Harris said.

"It's a citizen–run government so you need to go out and have your voice be heard, it's really the place where you have the most say in how the decisions are going to be made in your life," Brad Baddely said.

There are six people vying for three open at large seats on the City Council.  Among them are Eugene Carroll, who is the lone incumbent, Roy Christensen, Trent Fellers, Leirion Gaylor Baird, and Meg Mikolajczyk.

Also on the ballot today are uncontested positions for the Board of Education and Airport Authority.  There are also two city charter amendments on there.

The polls are open until 8 Tuesday night and we'll have the most up to date numbers below.

Remember, if you have an absentee ballot, it must be returned to the election office no later than 8 Tuesday, at 601 N 46th Street.

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Posted By:  KLKN Newsroom
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It's Election Day in the capital city.  Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters will decide on three at-large city council seats and two city Charter Amendments.  Six candidates are vying for the council seats.  They are:  Roy Christensen, Leirion Gaylor Baird, Eugene Carroll, Mark Whitehead, Meg Mikolajczyk, and Trent Fellers.

One of the Charter Amendments would prohibit the mayor, city council members, and city department directors from entering into or having contracts with the city; to harmonize procedures for voiding contracts with state law; and to gender-neutralize the existing language.

The other Charter Amendment would clarify that the Lincoln City Council shall follow procedures as set forth by ordinance for nominating and electing a person to fill a council vacancy.

We'll have the latest results tonight at ten.

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