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Published November 06, 2012, 05:28 PM

Record amount of early votes were cast this year in North Dakota

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) -- More early votes than ever, were cast in North Dakota this year. 130-thousand people voted, before election day arrived.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) -- More early votes than ever, were cast in North Dakota this year. 130-thousand people voted, before election day arrived.

This year's early voting final tally breaks the 2008 record by 10,000 votes. That includes early polling locations and absentee ballots. That number also includes counties within the state that vote by mail.

Governor Jack Dalrymple and his wife Betsy are among the early voting ranks. They cast their ballots in Casselton last week.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger says many North Dakotans like early

voting, and encouragement has helped boost numbers.

Al Jaeger/Secretary of State: "Every candidate, every major party,

every special interest group is pushing their people to vote early.

And so, it's just a combination of everything."

In the past, North Dakota has had about 65% overall voter turnout.

Jaeger says there are 38,000 more eligible voters in the state this

time around, but they don't expect that to change the voting

percentage.

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