Jaeger: Early Voting Hasn't Boosted TurnoutSecretary of State Al Jaeger says early voting is popular with North Dakotans, but it hasn't made a big difference in voter turnout.
By: Associated Press,
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Secretary of State Al Jaeger says early voting is popular with North Dakotans, but it hasn't made a big difference in voter turnout.
Almost 241,000 North Dakotans voted in the November election, and almost 37 percent of them marked their ballots before Election Day. They used absentee ballots, or visited early voting precincts that were set up in seven of North Dakota's larger counties.
The election's voter turnout rate was about 48 percent. It was 45 percent in 2006, during the last election when the president wasn't on the ballot. In the midterm elections eight years ago, turnout was 49 percent.
Jaeger says the percentage of people who vote early has stayed fairly constant. He says North Dakota's political parties put considerable effort into encouraging early voting.