Officials said voter turnout for the 2012 election was very high in central Nebraska. Both Hall and Adams County reported record numbers of early voters. In Hall County, Election Commissioner Dale Baker said about 18 percent of registered voters had cast their ballots early, including 500 the day before election day.
At the polls Tuesday, people eager to get their votes cast had election workers on their toes even before polling locations opened at 8 a.m.
"We had lines. People standing in lines at different polling places at 7:15 this morning," said Adams County Clerk Chris Lewis.
Many voters called it their civic duty, even if it meant taking time off work or school.
"I think it's very important to vote because I think we need good people to help our communities stay together," said voter Monica Bravo.
For 20-year-old Bradly Goodner, this election was particularly special.
"This is my first presidential election. I was absolutely positive I was going to come vote. I think it's extremely important to have a good leader," Goodner said.
Some voters said that the most important thing is to make sure the United States becomes stronger both domestically and internationally.
"What's important to me this year is the job market. It has gotten really bad, and also the spending. And also to support our military. A strong economy to me is strength in the world. We need to support other countries to support freedom," said voter Donna Hansen.
Officials said election offices were also bombarded by calls and visits from voters.
"A lot of them are, I'm sorry I don't remember where I go to vote, or I've moved, I don't think I've updated my address, where do I go to vote now? Can I still register to vote?" said Buffalo County Election Commissioner Lisa Poff.
And even while polls were still open, officials in some counties were already predicting higher total turnouts than the last presidential election.
"We voted over 65 percent in the 2008 election, and I really think this election has generated a lot more interest than the 2008 election did," Lewis said.
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