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Low Turn Out for Primary Election

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Turnout was low across the state today for the primary election.

Poll workers at the state Capitol polling location had been there since 6 am and said they were averaging around 30 voters per hour there.

Around 5 pm voting started to pick up a little, but went back down again afterwards.

The Bismarck Mayoral race was unopposed this year, but some people said they were there to support candidates in other areas.

Others said they were interested in the proposed half cent sales tax issue to fund a joint detention center for Burleigh and Morton County.

I spoke to some voters who say exercising their right to vote is important no matter the election.

"I think it's important to exercise the rights that we have as Americans and to voice our opinions," says Thomas Stromme.

"I believe it's our duty to vote whether it's a primary or general election because it's our right as a citizen of the country and if you want to get a certain person into a position of government than you should go out and vote otherwise don't complain," says Marc Schmidt.

It wasn't just experienced voters turning out today--

One voter there told us she was actually excited to vote for the first time.

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