Primary turnout highest in decades

2012-06-12T23:40:00Z 2012-06-13T10:31:40Z Primary turnout highest in decadesBy NICK SMITH | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

Traffic at North Dakota precincts was reportedly very high for Tuesday's primary election.

According to the secretary of state's website, the total number of votes cast on Tuesday was 174,275 — about 33 percent of eligible voters.

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said in speaking with election workers on Tuesday, voter turnout was up sharply at precincts across the state. Jaeger said the four ballot measures and contested races for state and federal offices likely helped draw voters to the polls.

"I'm hesitant to venture a guess (on total turnout) at this point," Jaeger said.

The last June primary that generated turnout similar to Tuesday's was in 1992, Jaeger said. The 1992 race featured a contested Democratic governor's race. The 1992 primary generated a turnout of 146,867 votes, or 32 percent.

Jaeger said the high 1992 primary turnout was fueled by interest in one race. Tuesday’s primary featured four ballot measures as well as contested races for U.S. House, Senate and state superintendent of public instruction.

"It just seems to me we're going to be higher than that," Jaeger said.

Prior to Tuesday, a total of 45,012 votes were cast.

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  1. dbumstead
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    dbumstead - June 14, 2012 3:34 pm
    Those renters wouldn't be paying any less if the measure had actually passed.
  2. IrishLad
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    IrishLad - June 13, 2012 11:43 am
    Don't like it? Move to wherever your perceived 'Utopia' is. Can you name all the places where a persons overall tax obligations would be less? If so, would you really rather live there?
  3. overtaxed
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    overtaxed - June 13, 2012 8:49 am
    Great news for the socialists and communist in the great state of North Dakota the state still owns your property, you just rent it. so now you had a chance to really owmn your property but they managed to scare the heck out of you with the doom and gloom from both parties, especally the state workers and lots of others that benefit from the unlimited property tax. Notice that you really don't own much, they tax your car and you have to have insurance... it is called opressive government control. Oh yes don't miss the property tax payment or they take it away from you.
  4. vugg
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    vugg - June 13, 2012 8:13 am
    please mr taxman, i don't pay enough now so raise my property taxes again since you don't have to be afraid anymore. and give some more farmers and other special interests exemptions because the rest of us want to pay their share too. and city employees should be able to retire at 50 with Cadillac benefits so there's another reason to raise taxes again. i hope the renters that voted to keep property taxes in place realize they will be paying more rent when taxes go up again. which they will.
  5. sehr windig
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    sehr windig - June 13, 2012 12:35 am
    Way to be heard ND!!
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