CLEVELAND (AP) — Heading into the homestretch of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama is targeting key Democratic constituencies as he tries to energize voters and build up Election Day turnout among his supporters.
Billings County reported 514 ballots cast on Election Day for a turnout of 78.6 percent, the highest among the state’s counties, the secretary of state’s office says.
Neighboring Slope County was close, with 78.1 percent turnout.
In the eastern part of the state, Cass County had 67.7 percent turnout and Grand Forks County 59.5 percent. The lowest turnout was in Rolette County with 50.5 percent, the unofficial tally shows.
As it turns out, North Dakotans were merely falling in love with more convenient voting, not coming out in unusually large numbers.
“People thought it was going to be a record-breaking turnout,” said Secretary of State Al Jaeger.
But on Wednesday, the proof was there: 320,431 voters participated in Tuesday’s election, a turnout of 64.5 percent, according to Jaeger’s Web site.
By Janell Cole, N.D. Capitol Bureau
, November 06, 2008
Voters were lined up 100 deep when the polls opened Tuesday at the Civic Center and throughout the day they kept coming and coming until about 5,200 people had voted.
Added to the 4,700 absentee and early votes, the unofficial count of 9,909 is still less than the record-breaking 10,356 Jamestown and Stutsman County residents who voted in 1992. Still, Election Administrator Noel Johnson said it was close, especially as a percentage of eligible voters. There are fewer in the county in 2008 than there were in 1992.
The voting booths are in place and the computerized poll books are ready. It is Election Day and the voting center at the Jamestown Civic Center is set up for what is anticipated to be one of the highest voter turnouts in recent history, according to Noel Johnson, election administrator and chief operating officer of Stutsman County.
Pillsbury Mayor Darrel Brudevold said voter turnout in the city’s primary election usually is fairly high.
“I dare say a half-dozen people usually make it to the polls,” he said. That represents about a quarter of the residents in the Barnes County farming community, in southeastern North Dakota.
By James MacPherson, The Associated Press
, June 16, 2008
Stutsman County residents cast 4,063 votes in Tuesday’s primary election, according to an unofficial tally, 337 fewer than the 4,400 cast in the 2006 primary election. Voters elected candidates to qualify for the general election in November and decided on six different measures and 10 different city offices.
By Holly Newton, The Jamestown Sun
, June 11, 2008
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