Ritchie expects about 3 million Minn. voters to turn out Election Day

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said that he expects about 3 million Minnesota residents to turn out at the polls during Election Day Tuesday, which is on par with the roughly 80 percent of registered state voters who cast ballots in recent presidential elections.
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Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said that he expects about 3 million Minnesota residents to turn out at the polls during Election Day Tuesday, which is on par with the roughly 80 percent of registered state voters who cast ballots in recent presidential elections, the Pioneer Press reported.

In addition to the race between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney, other high-profile match-ups include the races between Sen. Amy Klobuchar and state Rep. Kurt Bills, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and Jim Graves, and Rep. Chip Cravaack and former Rep. Rick Nolan.

Also to be decided are two proposed state constitutional amendments: Whether marriage should be recognized solely between one man and one woman, and whether photo identification will be required for voting.

Voters in 40 different school districts in the state will also have levy questions on the ballot, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

Voters can obtain further information on Tuesday's election at the Secretary of State's website.

In addition to the ballots cast Tuesday, Ritchie said he expects the state to count approximately 300,000 absentee ballots.

Ritchie said Sunday that a race in St. Louis County could delay election results across the state. That's because the ballots for the race to replace former Duluth Rep. Kerry Gauthier need to be hand counted since there are three write-in candidate.

Gauthier was forced to drop his bid for re-election after revelations of sexual encounter with a 17-year-old at a Duluth rest stop over the summer.

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