Voter turnout on Election Day is unusually heavy, a worker at a polling place on the east side of North Platte said at 11:30 a.m.

A line of people waited outside the building to vote for the doors to open at 8 a.m.

Most ballots are usually cast over the noon hour or after businesses close and workers get off work. The polls are open until 8 p.m.

By 6 p.m., nearly three times more votes had been cast at the county courthouse than in the primary, a poll worker said.

The number of early ballots cast in Lincoln County was also ahead of the norm, the Lincoln County Clerk said on Monday, with 2,404 received by Friday, Nov. 2. Another 177 early votes were cast Monday.

The number of early ballots cast by Monday represents slightly more than 10% of eligible voters in Lincoln County.

Rossell said she went to five polling places in North Platte in the afternoon, and a steady stream of voters were reported at all of them, with occasional short lines, although there was a lull around 3 p.m.

Before election day, Rossell guessed that 58% of eligible voters would cast ballots. She said Tuesday that it would be interesting to see how close she comes.

Closely watched ballot questions include the race for legislature, expanding the commissioners from 3 to 5, the county commissioner race between Kent Weems and Randy Stubbs, plus races for city council, Natural Resources Districts and school boards.