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Published November 06, 2012, 03:03 PM

Heavy Turnout at Grand Forks, East Grand Forks Polls

With a very close presidential election, a hotly contested US Senate race and a series of controversial issues on the ballot, heavy turnout is expected at polling sites throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. Here in Grand Forks thousands of voters showed up to cast their ballots just in the first few hours polls were open this morning.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

With a very close presidential election, a hotly contested US Senate race and a series of controversial issues on the ballot, heavy turnout is expected at polling sites throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. Here in Grand Forks thousands of voters showed up to cast their ballots just in the first few hours polls were open this morning.

People flocked to Kelly Elementary as early as 6:15 this morning, with more than 20 enthusiastic voters waiting in line when polls opened at 7. Nearly 5,000 people had voted in Grand Forks before 10:00 this morning. Despite steady crowds at the polls lines haven't been unbearable due to many taking advantage of absentee and early voting. More than 6,300 ballots were cast in early voting this year. More than 5,000 absentee ballots were cast in Grand Forks County, beating the previous record of 4,500 set in 2008.

You still have a few hours to cast your vote. Polls will remain open until 7 PM in Grand Forks and 8 PM in East Grand Forks.

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