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.