County preps for large voter turnout

We're learning how local officials are getting ready for MN's primary election day.

Posted: Aug 13, 2018 10:11 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- Primary election day is tomorrow in Minnesota and if the number of absentee votes cast is a predictor of the turnout at the polls. Election workers are in for a busy day.

It's a busy election year, 11 of the 42 offices in Rochester are up for election and will appear on the primary ballots. That includes the races for Minnesota Governor, attorney general and mayor of Rochester.
“It's going to be a signifiant turnout as far as primary go,” said director of Olmsted County property records and licensing Mark Krupski "We're anticipating a busy day with the election judges and our staff will arrive at 6am polls open at 7am. “

He says they'll even have technicians on site in case anything happens to the ballot machine. Since June 29th Krupski says more than 2,500 people have voted absentee this election.
That's a 96% increase from the election year in 2014 and 2016 and they're expecting many more more on primary day.
In case you are unfamiliar with how the primary works, voters will either vote on the democratic side or republican side. The winners of each party will make it on to the November general election ballot.

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