Early voting brings huge turnout

By: Bill Schammert

The Nebraska Secretary of State predicted a voter turnout of about 71-percent, and with the amount of early ballots already cast, the Cornhusker state could be in for a record year.

“People have lived and died to give us the right to vote,” early voter Pat Walbrecht said.  “I wasn't going to pass up the opportunity.”

It's the attitude of an estimated 815,000 Nebraskans expected to cast a 2012 general election ballot.  Lines were long at the Lancaster County Election Office as many didn't want to wait until Tuesday.

“I decided to come vote early because I don't know how busy I'll be tomorrow,” said Jeffrey Eggerss. “I just wanted to make sure I got it done.”

It's a stark contrast to the average 22-percent turnout for presidential primaries.  Lancaster Election Commissioner David Shively says for those waiting until election day, there's one very important thing to keep in mind.

“We made some changes after the census,” Shively said. “Some people will need to go to a new polling location.”

To find your polling location, just access the secretary of state's web site.  You can type in your name to verify you're registered and your address to find your specific polling location.

Those sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.