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Published May 29, 2012, 06:05 PM

Early Voting for June Primary Starts in GF County

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Early voting for the June primary election started today in Grand Forks County. Voters have a chance cast their vote two weeks before the June 12 election.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Early voting for the June primary election started today in Grand Forks County. Voters have a chance cast their vote two weeks before the June 12 election.

Voting got off to a slow start Tuesday morning at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, where the voting is taking place. There were no lines, but some people were showing up to take advantage of the early voting.

Wendy Rahn and her husband were one of the first to show up to vote, knowing they will be out of state for the primary election.

"It was very convenient, because we just live in town and we just come over like we normally would," Rahn said.

There are four statewide ballot measures, two of which have received a lot of attention. Measure 4, the measure deciding if UND and will be known as the Fighting Sioux, and Measure 2, the measure deciding whether to do away with property taxes in the state.

"In 2012 we had 16 less precincts than in 2010 and prior," Grand Forks County Auditor Debbie Nelson said.

Nelson says the changes in number of precincts could mean long lines at the polls, and that is one big reason to get voters in early.

"I'm not sure what the voter turnout is going to be like with 16 less precincts, I wanted to give voters another option to eliminate that chance of running into a line on election day," Nelson said.

Having one set place to vote for eight days prior to the primary has also made it a little simpler when it comes to finding where to vote.

"Well a little coaxing from my wife. I'm leaving town for maybe about a week, week and a half and I want to get it over with," voter Duane Sandwick said.

Early voting will run until June 6, excluding Sunday June 3. Weekday voting at the Alerus Center is from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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