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Published November 06, 2012, 05:36 PM

Small town polling places see nearly perfect turn-out

Hawley, MN (WDAY TV) -- Election day in Minnesota is off to a strong start, with more voters than ever before expected to cast their ballots.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Hawley, MN (WDAY TV) -- Election day in Minnesota is off to a strong start, with more voters than ever before expected to cast their ballots.

Recently, the state has seen close to 80% of eligible voters making their voices heard, and at rural polling sites, the numbers are even greater.

In Hawley people are still lining up to get their ballots in before deadline. This year about 78% of those eligible are expected to vote, the same rate as 2004 and 2008. Again making Minnesota first in the country for voter turnout percentage. For polling sites with fewer people registered, that number often gets close to perfect.

Kathy Brandt/Lake Ida election judge: "Everyone here feels it's important so we all participate."

Kathy Brandt and her fellow judges having been working the polls of Lake Ida Township for years. Each election bringing only 80 some registered voters.

Linda Visser/Lake Ida election judge clerk: "Many small towns do mail ins but we keep it this way to get to know people."

But roughly ninety percent of them making their way through the doors of the old town hall. Meaning almost everyone wants to make their small town voices heard on a national scale.

Visser: "because we are small everyone wants to."

Vogt: Very proud of that, lots of patriots

The percentage is similar in Lake View township, with almost all of the 18-hundred registered showing up.

Gail Hahn/Lake View Register Judge: "first timers, good turn out."

Visser: Important to vote because..

Voters in Minnesota have until 8 o'clock tonight to cast their ballots.

And we'll have results for you coming up as soon as they start rolling in.

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