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Published September 27, 2012, 09:01 PM

Record amount of residents request an absentee ballot

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Absentee voting opened in Cass County today, and a record number of residents have already requested their ballots.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Absentee voting opened in Cass County today, and a record number of residents have already requested their ballots.

North Dakota candidates are adding to the absentee push by sending applications right to voter's doorsteps.

The election isn't until November, but many people don't want to wait that long to make their voices heard. Cass County voters are requesting their absentee ballots earlier than ever before.

DeAnn Buckhouse/Election Coordinator: "It could be a big election for absentee voting. There's definitely a higher rate of return this early."

More than two-thousand absentee applications were sent in before ballots were even available.

And North Dakota candidates, including Heidi Heitkamp, Rick Berg, and Governor Dalrymple, are taking advantage of that push toward absentee voting.

In an effort to get as much support as possible several candidates are sending these absentee ballot applications directly to voters' mailboxes.

Buckhouse: "Because we don't have voter registration in North Dakota and we don't record party, they send out to a wider audience."

Anyone can vote absentee... many people that do it are snowbirds, or they just want to research the candidates from the comfort of their own home.

Shawn Crowley/Fargo Resident: "I voted absentee when I was in college and I was still a resident of Minnesota. So, I was up here and it was just easier than trying to go home to vote."

And many more who don't choose the absentee route still like to do their voting before the polls open by participating in early voting.

Liz Slen/Fargo Resident: "Sometimes, we're not gonna be in town. And otherwise, it's just more convenient for us."

Though most people still hit the polls on election day, more are voting early and the candidates are taking notice.

Cass County early voting is October 29th through November second.

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