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Published June 11 2012

Election information

Election basics

Ballot counting

Once the polls close, election officials have a statewide routine to report voting results to the secretary of state’s office.

At every precinct, voters submit their ballots into scanners, each of which contains a program card that electronically records the ballot, Cass County election coordinator DeAnn Buckhouse said.

When the polls close at 8 p.m., each precinct coordinator will deliver their site’s ballots and program card to the county courthouse, Buckhouse said.

The program cards are loaded on two machines: one connected only to a printer and another linked to the secretary of state’s office via the Internet, she said.

County election coordinators will run each precinct’s program cards first and then submit absentee and early voting results last, Buckhouse said.

Results will be reported live on the secretary of state’s website.

Voter turnout so far

As of 4 p.m. Monday, more than 44,300 North Dakota residents had cast ballots.

That represents more than 43 percent of all votes cast in the 2010 primary, when 102,066 residents voted statewide.

Ballots cast both by absentee and vote-by-mail set a record for a June election in North Dakota.

In 2010, 20,831 vote-by-mail ballots were cast.

The previous record for absentee ballots cast in a June primary was set in 2006, when 8,702 ballots were submitted by absentee, according to records kept by the secretary of state’s office.

Compiled by Forum reporter Kristen M. Daum