Voter Turnout in Minot | VideoAmy Fox | 11/6/2012
People throughout the country have been to the polls all day. But, what`s voter turnout been like in Minot?
It may look like a full parking lot from the outside, but inside the northwest polling site, traffic is running smoothly.
"I was hoping we would not have as busy of a turnout, but it`s been busy," said Northwest Polling Inspector Judy Stein.
With more people in Minot, polling sites throughout the city are trying to keep up with the overwhelming number of voters.
Stein said, "There have been a lot of young people, some that have never voted, people from out of state that are working here instead of their homes because they`re making this their residence."
Among first-time voters is Coelby Aasa who`s hoping his voice is heard.
"I`m not really sure what I expected, but they got me in there, and they got my stuff done really quickly, and then they just handed me a ballot and they said just go vote."
And, Aasa is not alone.
"I hope it makes a difference,” said Minot voter Mary Lou Ronglien.
While the lines at the polling sites are moving relatively quickly, one thing slowing down the entire process is not bringing the proper identification, which is causing some voters to fill out an affadavit form.
"There`s some that are not bringing their proof of their residence if they would bring their proof of their change of address, they would not have to make out an avadavat and it would go faster,” said Stein.
But, regardless of how long you stand in line to vote, some say Election Day is all about responsibility.
Ronglien said, "If the president that I want doesn`t get elected, I can`t blame myself."
"I think it`s really hypocritical, a little bit, that they talk about candidates, yet they`re not voicing their opinions, so really what do they have room to talk when they didn`t participate to try to help make it better?” said Aasa.
The fate of the election is in the hands of the voters.
You still have until 7 pm to head to the polls.