I did my usual voting routine and went to my local polling place between 2:00 pm and 3:00. I was voter #763. In 2008 I was voter #1427 at 2:00 pm and in 2012 I was voter #1425 at 3:00 pm. There was no wait and only five of the 25 voting stations were occupied when I went in. I was in and out in five minutes...tops.
I have no doubt that a significant reason for such a large gap between now and 2012 is due to early voting. This is the first year that Minnesotans can vote by absentee ballot for any reason and it appears they have done so in record numbers. Almost 50% down is a big number however. I strongly doubt all of that is because of early voting and since it is a beautiful day the weather is not a factor. And unlike 2012 when reelecting Obama and rejecting an anti-gay marriage amendment motivated Democrats to turn out, the only ballot initiative this year is a constitutional amendment to put legislators' pay in the hands of a citizen panel(meh).
My precinct went for Obama by 2 to 1 in 2012 and I have no doubt that Hillarye will win it this year. But if turnout is severely depressed in this solidly Democratic precinct, that may be bad news for Hillary. It's also possible that Republicans in my precinct have gone "NeverTrump" and stayed home.
We'll have to wait and see when the officiaql numbers come out in the next few days.