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Published June 02 2012

Early voting starts Monday in Cass County

FARGO – Voters in Cass County don’t have to wait until June 12 to cast their ballots for this year’s statewide primary and municipal elections.

The Cass County Auditor’s Office is once again offering early voting throughout the county.

Polling sites open Monday in Fargo and West Fargo and Wednesday in Casselton:

• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4351 17th Ave. S. in Fargo.

• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Lodoen Kindergarten Center, 330 3rd Ave. E. in West Fargo.

• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Friday at the Days Inn, 2050 Governor’s Drive in Casselton.

Anyone who is eligible to vote in the June 12 election can take advantage of the early voting opportunity at any one of the polling sites.

Cass County Auditor Mike Montplaisir said it’s hard to gauge what the turnout might be.

He said the county moved its Fargo location this year to the Hilton Garden Inn in southwest Fargo in the hopes of attracting turnout from employees of major businesses near there.

The June election is both a statewide primary and a municipal general election, with a slew of local, county and state seats on the ballot.

Cass County first offered early voting in a primary during the 2008 election year.

According to county records, 1,927 people participated in early voting that year, compared to 1,250 who voted by absentee in Cass County.

Two years ago, early voting saw a slightly bigger draw – attracting 2,133 early ballots compared to 466 absentee voters.

As of 8 p.m. Thursday, the North Dakota Secretary of State’s office reported 19,168 ballots had already been cast statewide for the June election.

That figure includes 3,279 submitted absentee ballots, 15,269 submitted vote-by-mail ballots and 620 early voting ballots.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541