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Take advantage of early voting

General Election day is approaching, Tuesday, marking the end of intense campaigns with the fate of candidates and measures now left up to voters to decide.

Making that process a whole lot easier for many individuals who might not find it convenient or have the opportunity to get out next Tuesday, are the three early polling sites, which since their opening earlier this week have been busy engaging a large number of voters taking advantage of the sites and the ease in being able to pick the time to do so that best works for them.

The West Fargo site at the Veterans Memorial Arena, 1201 7th Ave. E., will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 29.

The other two sites are in Fargo and Casselton, respectively, the Doublewood, also accepting voters through Friday, and the Governor's Inn, open through Thursday, Oct. 28, both also welcoming voters from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

So if you'd like to cast your vote early, without all the typical election day activity, consider one of these three additional options.

For the rest of you planning on voting Tuesday, reference the election story in today's publication for additional election information regarding candidates, polling sites and times.

As an added note of interest, Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, is memorable for another reason, with the date marking the 121st birthday of our state in advance of the 125th anniversary commemoration in 2014.

North Dakota became the 39th state admitted to the union in 1889 when President Harrison signed the Proclamation of Admission for North Dakota and South Dakota. The process toward statehood began on February 22, 1889, when President Cleveland signed the Enabling Act. On Oct. 1 of that same year, the state's voters approved its new constitution. Interestingly, out of 35,548 votes cast, 77% of the voters favored statehood.