State details voting turnout, absent ballot patterns in primary elections

The Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office today released statistics detailing primary election voting patterns in both turnout and the use of absentee ballots:


History of State Primary Turnout Based on Minnesota’s Eligible Voter Population:

Date: #Eligible #Voted %Turnout
2000 3,506,432 602,690 17.19%
2002 3,518,184 535,972 15.23%
2004 3,609,185 279,132 7.73%
2006 3,667,707 514,373 14.02%
2008 3,725,529 419,474 11.26%
2010 3,806,763 589,814* 15.5%*
*Note: This preliminary number is unofficial and may change. Election results remain unofficial until local election officials verify their numbers, canvass their results and report them to the State Canvassing Board, which certifies county canvassing reports on Tuesday, Aug. 17.

History of Absentee Balloting in Minnesota Primaries:

2010: 31,112* (as of 1:25 p.m. on 8/11/2010)
2008: 21,160  
2006: 19,859  
2004: 18,958  
2002: 18,850  
2000: 21,749  
1998: 25,257  
1996: 20,450  
1994: 22,764  
1992: 18,990  

6,933   (presidential primary April 7)  

1990:   17,048

*Note: This preliminary number is unofficial and may change. Election results remain unofficial until local election officials verify their numbers, canvass their results and report them to the State Canvassing Board, which certifies county canvassing reports on Tuesday, Aug. 17.

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