By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis has broken its general election voter turnout record, with just hours left to go before the polls close.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services says an estimated 228,903 people have voted, beating the record of 219,832 set in 2016.

READ MORE: ‘Our Business is Down Over 50%’: Deadly St. Paul Bar Shooting Impacts Surrounding Businesses

“Tonight is already a RECORD-SETTER in the City of Minneapolis!” said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

READ MORE: None Hurt After Shots Fired Inside Plymouth Movie Theater

Over 160,000 of the votes were cast via absentee ballot this year, compared to just over 50,000 in 2016.

WEB EXTRA: Click here to explore WCCO’s 2020 Election Guide.

MORE NEWS: In Wake Of Winston Smith Shooting, U.S. Marshals Now Wearing Body Cameras In Minnesota

Polling places close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. As long as voters are in line by the deadline, they can cast a ballot.

More On