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Published October 28, 2010, 04:36 PM

Early Voting Ends Friday

Early voting is coming to an end in Grand Forks. If you don't vote by Friday, your only other chance will be on election day.

Early voting is coming to an end in Grand Forks. If you don't vote by Friday, your only other chance will be on election day.

Election officials at the early voting site at the Grand Forks County Office Building say they're staying busy, but have had less of a turnout than they were expecting.

Officials say early voting has been quite a success in 2008 and so far is in 2010. Voters like Patrick Nagel say they prefer voting early rather than waiting in line on election day.

"The model of every one coming on one day seems like it's too cluttered and takes way to long for you to vote and take advantage of a situation like this," said Nagel.

"It's a good opportunity to get out and vote when you have time and opportunity I guess it makes sense for my schedule, and it's nice to have it done," said early voter Seth Fore.

Election Officials say people are preferring to vote early rather than absentee.

"Since early voting has started and been available here, people have been coming up here to vote instead of absentee," said Debbie Nelson, the Grand Forks County Auditor.

Around 2,000 people have voted early in Grand Forks.

"It is a convenience for people; they don't have to worry about long lines on election day, so they can and if they know how they want to vote they can come here today," said Nelson.

And for students like Patrick Nagel, who don't have much time during the day, being able to vote fast makes all the difference.

"You don't have a lot of time and the process here is pretty quick here because I think I spent about 15 minutes total," said Nagle.

Friday is the last day you can vote early in Grand Forks. Polls open at 10 am and close at 6 pm at the Grand Forks County Office Building.

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