VALLEY CITY, N.D. ( – Voter turn out in the June 12th primary/election in Barnes County was higher this year compared to two years ago due to the excitement surrounding city commission race in Valley City.

Barnes County Auditor Beth Didier said we had 917 in-person voters on June 12th, and the mail-in board tallied 1,653 ballots, for a preliminary total of 2,570 voters. Didier credits the city write-in campaigns as bringing in some additional in-person voters.

Didier said during the 2016 Primary/Election we had 804 in-person voters and 1,930 mail-in ballots.