FARGO, N.D.— North Dakota officials say more than 73,000 people have voted prior to Tuesday’s election.
Secretary of State Al Jaeger says a total of 56,660 people voted by mail or turned in absentee ballots, and 16,952 people voted early last week in North Dakota’s most populous counties.
Jaeger says 240,876 people voted in the last midterm election, in 2010. The 2012 election drew 325,862 to the polls.
Polls are open in most counties from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time Tuesday. This election is extremely important for the future of the state in the case of many environmental and social issues. Measure 1, if passed would not allow abortions to be performed in the state. Measure 5, a controversial environmental measure, would take a portion of the state’s oil taxes and put it towards the parks district and other environmental projects.