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Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Christopher Dietzen draws a slip of paper out of a fish bowl Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, naming a precinct elections officials will double-check for election returns accuracy. He sits on the State Canvassing Board, which certified most election winners. (Forum Communications photo by Don Davis)

Minnesota vote up, but more voters possible

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ST. PAUL -- More than 76 percent of Minnesota's eligible voters cast ballots Nov. 6, best in the country, but the state's top election official says even more would participate if they could vote early.

In this year's election, 2,950,780 Minnesotans voted. That is the most ever, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said, and while final numbers are not in, he said that he is sure Minnesota has the highest percentage in the country.

"We're No. 1 by many," he said.

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