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By Chris Hrapsky

Election officials brace for a huge turnout

ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- Tuesday, people from all across the country are lining up to vote, and there could be a record turnout here in Minnesota.

Voters in Minnesota started lining up early at polling places Tuesday morning, as elections officials brace for what could be record turnout.

Lines were longest Tuesday morning, when the polls opened at 7:00.

One election judge in Rochester said it was the busiest election he's seen.

But we won't know any of the actual numbers until the polls close at 8:00 Tuesday night.

Primary numbers set records back in February, so the turnout is expected to be the highest ever.

Four years ago, it was the highest turnout in 30 years with 77 percent of the state coming out to vote.

In Rochester, 91 percent of those eligible came out.

They even ran out of ballots at some places, something that's unlikely to happen this year.

Peggy Haase, a voter, says, "It's a very exciting time as far as the choices we had and the chance for just he community at large to get on board with what they need to do."

Mike Wait, also a voter, says, "I think it's important to voice my opinion as to who's going to be leading my country, making decisions that affect me here in Rochester as well as the state."

We will be covering this historic Election Day all throughout the night and will have much more coming up later this evening as results start rolling in from these polling places.

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