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Ballot Measures, Presidential Race to Spur North Dakota Turnout

PHOTO: North Dakotans will vote on five ballot measures among all the political offices when the election arrives next Tuesday.
PHOTO: North Dakotans will vote on five ballot measures among all the political offices when the election arrives next Tuesday.
October 30, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. - The polls are expected to be busy when North Dakotans cast their ballots one week from today.

Deputy Secretary of State Jim Silrum says it's typical to see turnout of eligible voters of 60 to 70 percent, and this year it's likely to be on the high side, considering this summer's primary.

"We had 35 percent of the voting population show up for that and normally on a given primary election we only have approximately 20 percent."

For those who will be voting for the first time, or for the first time in a while, Silrum says all the information you need can be found online.

"If you go to the Secretary of State's website and take a look at the information provided there, that should clue you in on all you need to know so you can go into a polling place and vote like an expert."

Absentee and early voting continue in North Dakota through next Monday. In addition to the national, state and local offices, five measures are also on the ballot. Among them is a proposal to ban smoking in all indoor workplaces statewide.

More information is at www.nd.gov.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND