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ND EARLY VOTING TURNOUT NUMBERS

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The last time we elected a president nearly 40% of North Dakotans went to the polls early to cast their vote. As of now it looks like we're right on track to have numbers similar to 2008. Valley News Live was in Casselton today where the governor and some first time voters showed up to have their voices heard.

At the Days Inn in Casselton, Governor Dalrymple took advantage of an early opportunity to cast his vote. An early vote that wasn't even offered back when he voted for first time in 1972. "It was a farm shop and there was a big group of men sitting around playing cards while we voted. A little different atmosphere than we have today." Says Governor Dalrymple.

But there's shades of the same vibe, same jitters, same first time emotions. Election Ballot Inspector June Reitan says she's seen folks from all walks of life, "I know there were several first time voters who came in the past two days. Some elderly, have come in too. It's really a variety of ages."

The governor isn't the only one to cast his vote early. As of noon Friday about 14,300 people have already cast their vote. Rose Bradford is just one of them. At 52 years young from Casselton, she made it to North Dakota as a trucker and decided to stay. Today she voted for the first time ever, "it was scary! I was joking about it at first, but I got the shakes."

Casting that first vote for Rose wasn't easy, but regardless of who you affiliate yourself with, republican, democrat, or independent, it's really about just getting out there.

The governor says regardless of party lines just making it out says a lot, "it doesn't really matter how you arrive at the conclusion of who your going to vote for. I think the main thing is people make a choice."

For Rose just making that choice for the first time, stirs up a bit of emotion. Something she really didn't see coming; "I'm just happy to be here and I'm happy to say that I'm here now. Because if it wasn't for the state I wouldn't be. So I have a lot to be thankful for."

To find out where your polling place is just go to our homepage at valleynewslive.com. Just click on the 2012 election section.

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