Friday is the last day Nebraskans can visit their local county clerk or election commissioner to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.

But voter registration across the state has already exceeded 2016 figures, the Nebraska Secretary of State's office said Tuesday.

With two weeks to go before the 2018 midterm election, voter registration in Nebraska stands at 1,218,874 people — well above the 1,211,101 figure reported for the last presidential election.

Nebraska's two largest counties are also reporting the largest-ever number of registered voters.

On Tuesday, there were 191,863 registered voters in Lancaster County, according to Election Commissioner Dave Shively.

While he wasn't ready to make a specific turnout prediction, Shively said he believes Lancaster County's turnout will easily top the 47.7 percent turnout reported in 2014 and the 40 percent in 2010.

"We may reach the record number of midterm election voters from 2006, when we had 94,214, or 54.68 percent," Shively said in an email.

By Oct. 1, Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse reported more than 353,000 voters registered for the general election, the first time Nebraska's most populous county has topped 350,000.

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Wayne Bena, deputy secretary of state for elections, said in addition to all-time high registration totals, early voting for the general election cycle has been "very robust."

As of Tuesday morning, some 71,728 early ballots had been returned out of 172,434 requested, Bena said.

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2018 Lincoln Journal Star Voter's Guide — General Election Edition

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