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Cass auditor expecting turnout of about 25,000 at primary Tuesday

Voters cast their ballots Monday, June 6, 2016, at the Baymont Inn in south Fargo during early voting for the June 14 state primary. Voters can vote early through Wednesday, June 8th. David Samson / The Forum

FARGO—Almost 5,000 people in Cass County cast ballots early for next week's primary, a number county auditor Michael Montplaisir says is a good indicator of overall turnout.

Montplaisir said he expects around 25,000 people to vote Tuesday, June 14.

In 2012, around 6,000 people voted early for the primary, and 32,000 turned up in person at the polls.

In 2014, only around 3,000 voted ahead of the primary election, which saw 17,000 votes on Election Day.

Early voting this year ran from Monday, June 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 10. Around 1,000 absentee ballots have been cast for Cass County, Montplaisir said.

"Everything went very well," he said of early voting. "We had great weather."

Nearly 33,000 voters statewide have cast their ballots at early voting sites or via absentee or vote-by-mail ballots, according to the secretary of state's website.

Locally, the June 14 ballot includes the Republican primary for governor and municipal and school board races in Fargo and West Fargo, along with a measure to weaken the state's rules on corporate farming.

Ethan Nelson

Ethan Nelson is a reporter intern at the Forum, covering general Fargo-Moorhead news. He previously worked at the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Daily, where he covered news and managed the website. He's pursuing a degree in journalism and is from the Twin Cities.

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