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Final turnout in Minnesota's midterm election is expected to settle in around 60 percent by the time the polls close, according to the Secretary of State's office.

SOS: Voter turnout expected to reach 60 percent

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Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. (File photo: P. Bartz-Gallagher)

Turnout in Minnesota’s midterm election is expected to settle at around 60 percent by the time the polls close, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

The last election in the state without a Presidential and Senate race on the ballot was in 1998, the year Independence Party candidate Jesse Ventura won the governor’s race. Participation reached 62 percent that year. Voter turnout in 2008 was 78 percent.

The Secretary of State’s office has also accepted a total of 124,658 absentee ballots as of Tuesday afternoon.

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