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Published June 13, 2012, 05:15 PM

ND Primary Voter Turnout 33 Percent, Hits New High

(AP) — The voter turnout in Tuesday's North Dakota primary was the biggest in at least 30 years. Unofficial totals say more than 175,000 people voted in the election.

By: Associated Press,

(AP) — The voter turnout in Tuesday's North Dakota primary was the biggest in at least 30 years.

Unofficial totals say more than 175,000 people voted in the election.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger says that represents 33 percent of the number of North Dakotans who are eligible to vote. And he says there are still some late absentee ballots to be counted.

Jaeger says the turnout is the biggest since 1980, when the records started being kept.

It's bigger than 1992, when a Democratic primary contest for governor resulted in 32 percent turnout. Almost 147,000 people voted in that election. This year's turnout rate is similar because North Dakota's population has grown.

North Dakota voters had primary races for the U.S. House and Senate and four ballot measures to decide.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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