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A whole lot of voters

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa has upped his election turnout prediction to 72 percent of the state’s registered voters.

“We are expecting a record turnout in numbers at around 530,000 ballots cast,” Ysursa said. “This is higher than the previous record set in 2000 of 516,000.”

Ysursa also warned that there could be a long wait for results on Election Night, with the expected heavy turnout and write-in campaigns that can slow vote-counting. Among those running as write-ins are independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader and state Rep. Wayne Meyer, R-Rathdrum, who is trying to keep his seat after losing in the GOP primary to Phil Hart.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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