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Absentee ballot total tops 30,000

According to spokesman John Aiken at the Secretary of State’s Office, the total number of absentee ballots accepted as of 10:45 a.m. today was 30,032. 

Aiken notes that county and local absentee ballot boards will be accepting returned absentee ballots through the day.

In the 2008 U.S. Senate election, about 10 percent of all voters cast their votes via absentee ballots.

If that’s a guide, that would suggest a statewide turnout in the 300,000 range, a very small turnout. The 2006 gubernatorial primary attracted 494,000 voters, but only 19,859 absentee ballots, or about 4 percent.

What’s it all mean? We’ll find out tonight.

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