Primary Election Day went very well, according to Douglas County Elections Administrator Vicki Doehling.

"As expected, the in-person voter turnout on election day was lower than normal due to increased absentee and mail ballot voting during a pandemic," she said Wednesday. "However, the increase in absentee voting was actually much higher than expected. "

As of election night totals, the county experienced a 75% increase in absentee voting from two years ago in the non-mail ballot precincts, Doehling said.

"Add in all the mail ballots and the increase jumps to 3,687 absentee/mail ballots compared to 539 absentee ballots two years ago," she said.

The “unofficial” voter turnout as of election day was 23.76%, with the highest turnout occurring in the mail ballot precincts and the city of Alexandria because of the primary for the mayor seat.

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For a period of two days following the election, the Douglas County Auditor's Office will continue to receive absentee and mail ballots in the mail that were postmarked on election day. Results will be finalized during Friday’s board of canvass meeting.