Turnout higher than expected, Ritchie says

More than 580,000 eligible Minnesota voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary, or more than 15 percent of Minnesota’s eligible voter population of 3.8 million.  

This figure includes a record number of absentee ballots, more than 31,000. 

“Despite heat, humidity and severe weather, Minnesotans made sure their voices were heard,” Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said in a statement. “While turnout in primaries is always lower than general elections, turnout exceeded all expectations and made this earlier primary a big success. Excellent coverage by the media plus spirited campaigning in the DFL Governor’s race were two of the major factors in this unexpectedly high turnout.”

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  1. Submitted by rolf westgard on 08/11/2010 - 11:49 am.

    Somehow, 15% turnout doesn’t suggest to me that “our voices were heard”. And that showing came after a hotly contested, heavily advertised campaign – along with a lot of telephoning and door knocking to get out the vote.

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