ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Nearly two-thirds of newly registered voters in Minnesota are under the age of 30.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie gave new details on voter registration Friday as he predicted the state would meet and possibly exceed his office's goal of 80 percent turnout next week.
Ritchie says more than 138,000 voters are registered here for the first time, including almost 90,000 between the ages of 18 and 29 years old. The young voter group typically turns out in lower rates than other age groups.
Ritchie hopes Minnesota will challenge the state record of nearly 83 percent turnout in 1956.
He is advising voters to plan for the high turnout and anticipate the longest lines in the morning, over lunch hours and in the evening. Polls must stay open until 8 p.m., but he says people in line by then are entitled to vote.
He says high rates of absentee voting could reduce the Election Day crush at the polls.
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