[Update] Voters Hit the Polls – Large Turnout Expected
Voters came out to the the polls early Tuesday morning. In Pine City, over 200 voters cast their vote at City Hall in the first hour-and-a-half. Polls opened at 7 a.m. in some area, and in townships with less than 500 people, polls open at 10 a.m. Polls close at 8 p.m.
Mora City Clerk, Mason Hjelle, says there is a concern there may not be enough ballots at city hall. He says there is a definite increase in voter particiaption for this years elections. Hjelle expects 1500 – 1600 voters, up from 1200 four years ago.
Minnesota Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie, is hoping for 80-percent voter turnout. The last time the state of Minnesota recorded an 80 percent voting turnout was 1956 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected President. Ritchie’s office reports the over 3.1 million registered voters in Minnesota is the most ever. Over half of the new registered voters are between the ages of 18-29. To achieve the 80-percent goal, over 2.9 million of the 3.7 million eligible voters need to cast a ballot.