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MN: On Track to Shatter Records

By Joby Warrick
By the time the last ballots are cast, Minnesotans will likely have shattered an all-time voting record for the state -- and possibly even two records.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said today that he expects the total number of votes cast to exceed 3 million. The number of registered voters in the state is 3.7 million. Previously, the highest turn-out in a Minnesota election was 2.8 million voters, in 2004.

State officials say the record for the highest percentage turnout could also be threatened. The previous high mark was 83 percent, in 1956, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was running for a second term. Ritchie said state officials have been working hard to produce a voter turnout of at least 80 percent this year.

"We have worked hard to reach this goal and to keep Minnesota number one in the nation in voter turnout," he said.

Posted at 6:46 PM ET on Nov 4, 2008  | Category:  50 States
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