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Published November 07, 2012, 06:01 PM

North Dakota voter turnout sets record while percentage of voters drops

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - This year's election is a record for voter turnout in North Dakota, but the percentage of voters actually dropped from four years ago.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - This year's election is a record for voter turnout in North Dakota, but the percentage of voters actually dropped from four years ago.

The past few presidential elections have brought out about 65% of eligible voters in the state.

This time around, that fell to 61%.

3,500 more people voted in this election compared to 2008, but 36,000 more eligible voters.

Lee Ann Oliver, Elections Specialist: “There was more people that turned out yesterday and I think that is obviously because of the estimated very close race in the U.S. Senate. And there was a lot of money even spent on measures, so they were deciding that.”

About 325,000 ballots were cast.

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