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Voting going smoothly in Idaho with high turnout

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Idaho election officials say high volumes of voters are turning out across the state, but voting is going smoothly.
  
Idaho Secretary of State Chief Deputy Tim Hurst says the longest lines he's aware of by late afternoon on Tuesday have been about 15 minutes.
  
He says many counties are prepared with more ballots than usual for a midterm election and have contingency plans if they do run out.
  
He says absentee ballots are also up, with some 160,000 this year compared to about 98,000 four years ago.
  
Voting started at 8 a.m. and goes to 8 p.m.
  
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11 a.m.

Early voting in Idaho for Tuesday's contests have already surpassed that of the last two midterm election cycles.
  
The Idaho State Journal reports that the state recorded 153,781 absentee and early in-person votes as of Monday morning.
  
And there's another 14,825 absentee ballots that haven't yet been returned.
  
The Idaho Secretary of State's office said this year's number already trounces the 98,281 absentee votes in 2014 and 91,326 absentee votes in 2010.
  
This year's early voter number could even surpass the 2012 presidential election cycle, which netted 164,374 people who voted absentee.
  
Voter turnout is typically stronger overall when America picks a new commander in chief.
  
However, the 2018 election numbers pale in comparison to the 2016 presidential election cycle. The state recorded 202,732 absentee votes two years ago.

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