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Published August 12, 2010, 02:39 PM

Voter Turnout Beats Expectations

Voter turnout for yesterday's primary was expected to be low due to the early August date. But, unofficial numbers say turnout was the highest since 2002.

By: Meagan Millage, WDAZ

Voter turnout for yesterday's primary was expected to be low due to the early August date. But, unofficial numbers say turnout was the highest since 2002.

East Grand Forks averaged about an 11 percent turnout for yesterday's election. The state of Minnesota reached a little more than 15 percent.

More than 580,000 Minnesota voters went to the polls yesterday. East Grand Forks saw about 450 of those voters.

About 31,000 absentee ballots were cast in the state- which is higher than usual.

City Administrator Scott Huizenga said the city's four polling places were pretty slow yesterday, but that is typical during a primary election with few close races.

"Weather probably pushed down the total somewhat and there were only a couple of races both statewide and local that were really all that competitive, so that probably didn't generate the voter interest that we normally see," Huizenga said.

The primary was held a month earlier than usual under a new law meant to give military voters more time to cast absentee ballots in the general election.

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