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Early voting continues to soar in central Nebraska
It's less than two weeks until election day, but many voters have already cast their ballots. Early voting is at an all-time high for counties in Central Nebraska.
Why there is such an increase this election year is a key question. While some counties are seeing staggering numbers, they're not really sure why.
Is this election even more important? Or, is early voting just getting more popular?
More people than ever are making their mark early.
"It's important. People should get out there and vote because it makes a big difference," said Tammy Beers.
Tammy Beers is a first time early voter with one goal in mind.
"We need change. I'll just leave it at that," Beers said.
In Hall County there's a constant flow of voters - people who want to make sure their voice is heard.
"In 2008 we had 10% of the voters voting pre-election, so this time we still have a couple more weeks, I think we'll probably surpass the number that we're seeing now," said Hall County Election Commissioner Dale Baker.
14% of eligible Hall County voters have already cast their ballot, but it's hard to tell if this means a higher voter turnout or just more people have made their decision early.
But, this year's numbers are rapidly reaching those from the past.
"We've had 22% voter turnout and already we have 14% and the polls haven't even opened yet," said Baker.
Tom Enck plans on being out of town on election day, but he's not letting that stop him from taking part.
"I've voted ever since I've been old enough to vote. I think I voted in the '72 presidential election was my first one," Enck said.
He thinks this is the most important election he's been around for.
"I just think the country's got quite a bit of choice in which direction the country's gonna go," said Enck.
With three ways to vote: in the office, at home or by mail. Voters are finding their own time to decide.
"It's nice. You're not fighting crowds or anything like that, so I'd probably do it again," Beers said.
"It was easy to do and convenient, so I would do it again if the circumstances required it," said Larry Willhelmi.
The Adams County Election Commissioner told me they're also seeing the highest number of early voters for the county. Numbers have already passed those from the last election. You can vote early through November 5th, the day before the actual election.
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