Hall County officials get ready for 2018 Midterms

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hall County Election Office is prepping the polling sites for the 2018 Midterm Election, and are expecting a high voter turnout.

The Election Office sent equipment to all 21 polling locations Monday morning.

"We're just doing our last minute prep work, we'll have a lot of the messengers setting up later on today and then early tomorrow morning to get ready for all the people who want to vote on election day," said Tracy Overstreet, the Hall County election commissioner.

A group of people set up the standing voting booths at GI Free Church Monday afternoon.

Overstreet said she saw quite a few people coming in to vote Monday as early voting came to a close.

She said there was a very high early voter turnout this year with 3,300 early ballots cast.

"I think we're seeing more people do early voting is because they're just more interested in this particular election. I mean there's some really important initiatives on the ballot. We've got the medicaid expansion, we've got Northwest School bond, and we've got the Grand Island half-cent city sales tax. So I think that's drawing people out to the polls," Overstreet said.

She added as a reminder, only people living in the city of Grand Island can vote on the sales tax, and only people living in Northwest's School District can vote on the bond issue. Everyone in Hall County can vote on medicaid expansion.

"I'm thinking that Hall County will have 35 to 40 percent turnout, and based on the amount of early voting that we're seeing I'm hoping that it's going to be closer to the 40 percent. We've already seen 10 percent of Hall County voters get early ballots so I think that's going to translate into a higher turnout for this election," Overstreet said.

You can go to the voter check register on the Secretary of State's website to find your polling site, and the particular races that will be on your ballot.

The polls open at 8 a.m. Tuesday.