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Minnesota Voters Setting New Record

The number of registered voters in Minnesota is already 12,000 more than in 2004, the Star Tribune reported.

The Secretary of State's office predicts that by November it is possible that 90% of eligible voters will be registered. At this point, 84% of eligible voters in Minnesota are already registered.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie expects about 150,000 people to do same-day registration, which would bring the Minnesota registration number to 90%. The national average for voter registration is about 64%.

Ritchie said Minnesota already has the highest percentage of registered voters in the country.

"In our office, we see this as a watershed year," said Ritchie.

In Ramsey County, 310,00 people were registered to vote as of mid-September. The number of people registered on election day in 2004 (excluding same-day registration voters) was 303,000.

Joe Mansky, Ramsey County elections manager, said the number of registration cards his office was receiving weekly has doubled since Labor Day.

"This is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime event this year," he told the Star Tribune.