Polling places are busy with enthusiastic voters for the 2018 midterm, but Election Day in Nebraska seems to be running without major problems.
Tuesday afternoon, Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale reported no major election disruptions or election security problems.
Civic Nebraska, a local organization monitoring election operations and polling places, said it fielded some reports from Douglas County voters that they received only one page of the two-page ballot, or two of the same page.
The organization also said some voters were greeted in line by poll workers checking their precinct, and workers asked some voters at one polling place to produce identification — which is not required by Nebraska law. One voter reported being turned away, the group said.
John Cartier, the group's director of voting rights, said in a statement that the addition of what he called a "poll greeter" created some confusion among poll workers and voters.
In Douglas County, some polling places gave voters conflicting messages about cellphone usage inside the voting area.
In northwest Omaha, a voter was told she would not be allowed to vote if she was using a cellphone. That took place at the polling place at Emmanuel Fellowship at 83rd Street and Crown Point Avenue.
Outside the polling place, a sign with images crossed out warned: No cell phones / No smoking / No concealed weapons. The same signs were posted at several other Douglas County polling places.
But election officials said later that cellphones are allowed at polling places. Nebraska state law also allows voters to take ballot selfies and post them to social media. The signs were old and posted in error, the Douglas County Election Commissioner's Office said.
In Omaha, construction may have cut into turnout at the pair of Dundee-area polling places at Brownell Talbot school. Voters complained that they had trouble reaching the school with closures on parts of Happy Hollow Boulevard. The City of Omaha is resurfacing the street. The street reopened by 3 p.m.
World-Herald staff writers Erin Duffy, Erin Grace, Aaron Sanderford and Chris Peters contributed to this report.