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By Fanna Haile-Selassie

Voting accuracy in Minnesota

Rochester, MN (KTTC-TV)--

Many political pundits are predicting this election to bring the highest voter turnout seen in the country in a long time. Some voters are worried about voter fraud or improper voting machines.

"You want to vote absentee today? Here's an application; we'll get get some clipboards back to you as soon as we can."

Voters lined the hall of the Olmsted County Government Center. Those who just finished voting say they waited about 45 minutes to cast their ballot.

"We're experiencing a high turnout of absentee voters. We're expecting to top over 400 ballots being cast today," says Mark Krupski, the Olmsted County Director of Property Records and Licensing.

In fact, Krupski says they've already seen twice as many absentee ballots cast than in average previous elections. However, Minnesota is not one the 32 states that allows pre-voting. Krupski says, more people than ever are trying to vote this year.

The Secretary of State is predicting record numbers in Minnesota, which could me long lines on Tuesday. But voters can go to the Secretary of State's website to look at a sample ballot, which could cut down on the waiting time.

With so many voters, one might hope election polls have back-up machines. But Krupski says, election officials have hardly had any problems since they've bought new optical scanning machines in 2006.

"The machine used to pull the ballot out of the voter's hands rather quickly and that could cause jams. These new machines are much smoother, much more efficient. And we really had 0 incidents of jams last year."

Krupski says the voting machines keep a the paper ballot as well, in case of audits or a recount, making Minnesota recognized as one of the best states in the country for voter accuracy.

Mark Krupski says voters should give themselves at least 1 hour to make their vote. Only people registering vote on election day need to bring a photo ID. And citizens who just recently moved should bring a bill that shows proof of residency.

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