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.