Cuming County voters did themselves proud Tuesday, with just over 71 percent of the registered voters there casting ballots. Truth be told, not all of them showed up Tuesday. Right at 26 percent of the votes cast in this year’s general election in Cuming County were mailed in.
This year, 4,145 ballots were counted in the county. Of those, 1,079 were mailed in. But roughly half of the mailed in votes came from the four townships in the county that only vote by mail – Monterey, Lincoln, Bismark and Elkhorn.
Another interesting fact, we think, is that right at 81 percent of the registered voters from those four townships voted. That was the highest voter turnout of the Cuming County precincts.
As predicted, the Trump-Pence ticket ran away with the presidential election in this county and in Nebraska. Also as expected, the death penalty was restored. Rural voters carried the day on that issue, voting by margins as large as 4-to-1 in counties outside Lincoln and Omaha to bring the death penalty back.
The good news is that 71 percent of this county’s voters were heard this election cycle, up form the 68 percent in the 2012 general election.