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Published November 02, 2010, 09:40 PM

2010 election turnout may break records

(WDAY TV) - Voters are turning out in huge numbers for this midterm election. So many, it may break records. In Cass County alone, about 45,000 people are expected to cast ballots. Voters have less than two hours to cast ballots. Many people are starting to come in after getting done with work. Long lines or wait times are not problems.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

So far, more than 17,000 people have voted today. Add that to the 17,000 who voted early or sent in absentee ballots, turnout is high. Election leaders expect even more people to vote in the hours ahead.

Turnout in 2006, the last midterm, was 40,000, one of the highest midterm elections to date. Officials say issues and candidates on the ballot are influencing the heated election.

“We've got some very good races going on. I think you know that our governor is heading the ballot on the senate side and of course the Rick Berg/Earl Pomeroy race has been pretty heated and is predicted to be close so that tends to bring people out.”

Again polls are open until 8 tonight. All you need is a valid driver’s license and or a bill with your current address.

Voters in Otter Tail County are lining up in record numbers to cast their vote. People started early, and the lines were constant all day in the County. Voting officials say many of registered voters voted by absentee ballot this morning.

One polling place had more than 600-voters vote by noon. Some voters say their anxious to see change at the local and national level.

“I'm hoping that they'll turn out in record numbers, of course, and I think that they will I think that everybody's pretty much on the same page and pretty disgusted with the things right now.”