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Voters pack early elections in Omaha

Posted at 5:48 PM, Nov 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 18:48:39-04
Voters formed lines outside the Douglas County Election Commission Friday, four days before Election Day. 
 
High voter turnout is in Omaha despite some of the least favorable presidential candidates in American history. 
 
Long lines surprised voters who thought casting ballots early would avoid long Election Day lines.
 
Clinton supporter George Garrett Jr. says the sheer importance of the election is saturating polls despite historically low favorability for both presidential candidates. 
 
"For some reason this presidential election has split a lot of people emotionally, racially and otherwise,” Garrett Jr. said. “It's going to have an effect on who comes in there." 
 
He says this could be the most important election of our lifetime.
 
"This will be a pivotal direction for our country and we need somebody in there who I think will have a balance to make sure we continue to be the great country that we are," Garrett Jr. said.
 
While Dana Engel, a Trump supporter, is surprised by the long lines, she understands the crowd. 
 
"It's going to be huge and it just depends on who gets elected,” Engel said. “It's going to be pretty monumental in what's going to happen in the future." 
 
Saf Kahn, a Clinton supporter, says it's refreshing to see strong voter turnout.
 
"The more people who come out and vote obviously shows that they care about what happens in the country, which is important," Kahn said. 
 
Across the street from the Election Commission, Scott Root stands behind support for Donald Trump and congressional candidate Don Bacon.
 
Root is the father of Sarah Root, who was killed in a January car crash by Eswin Mejia, an illegal immigrant who was driving drunk.
 
Root was the only voter we spoke with Friday who isn’t surprised by the long lines.
 
"They’re tired of the same old stuff,” Root said. “Regardless of your affiliation on the federal level, on your president level, they don't want the same old. People can read between the lines.”
 
Voter turnout in Douglas County is expected to be 70 percent.
 
Sarpy County is expected to have 73 percent voter turnout.