Minnesota nabs title for highest voter turnout
Northwest metro cities post stellar turnout percentages
According to the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, voter turnout nationwide was lower than in the past two presidential elections with 57.5 percent turnout. Minnesota nabbed the title for highest voter turnout in the nation for the 8th year in a row. With 76 percent voter turnout the state was down slightly from the 2008 Presidential election in which 77.8 percent of eligible voters cast ballots. While turnout percentage is down, a record number of voters cast ballots this year with more than 2.93 million voters showed up to the polls (with 99.93 percent of precincts reporting). By comparison 2,921,147 voters cast ballots in the 2008 presidential election. The number of estimated eligible voters has increased by 135,238 voters since 2008, which affects the percentages.
“The voter turnout number will increase as the final precincts report their results,” said Secretary of State Ritchie.
Many speculate the two state constitutional amendments on the ballot in Minnesota may have been the reason area polling locations saw continued high turnout this year. In areas such as Dayton and Champlin where local leadership was up for grabs turnout appears to be even higher.
Dayton reported an impressive 97.2 percent voter turnout with a total 2,773 voters. There were 333 same-day voter registrations. This is in line with the City of Osseo’s 98 percent voter turnout where voters showed up to defeat incumbent Mayor Al Lindquist in his quest for re-election. Champlin posted an 85 percent voter turnout rate registering more than 2,100 new voters. Neighboring Maple Grove posted an 87 percent voter turnout and Brooklyn Park saw 86 percent voter turnout.