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Published May 12, 2012, 11:02 AM

ND Could See Record Voter Turnout in June

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Competitive state races and high-interest ballot issues such as the Fighting Sioux nickname and property taxes could lead to a record turnout for this year's June election.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Competitive state races and high-interest ballot issues such as the Fighting Sioux nickname and property taxes could lead to a record turnout for this year's June election.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger tells The Forum (http://bit.ly/JlvcEA) that county auditors have ordered at least 83,000 more ballots than they did in 2010 when turnout was just over 102,000.

He says that the diversity of this year's primary ballot should attract many different groups to get out and vote.

Republicans need to decide between candidates in the U.S. House and Senate races, and voters will narrow the list of Department of Public Instruction candidates from three to two.

Jaeger said the state's last big June election was in 1992, when 146,867 people voted for a 32 percent turnout rate.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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