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Barely half of eligible Minnesotans voted: Official turnout rate was 50.51 percent

The official turnout in Minnesota for the Nov. 4 election was 50.51 percent. Pretty low, by state standards.

That means 1,992,566 voters made it to the polls, out of the estimated 3,945,136 who were eligible, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

Turnout in recent elections:

  • 2014 — 50.5 percent 
  • 2012 — 76.42 percent
  • 2010 — 55.83 percent 
  • 2008 — 78.11 percent
  • 2006 — 60.47 percent

Absentee ballots, which, this year, could be used without an excuse, made up almost 10 percent of the votes.

Absentee Ballots Cast:

  •  2014 — 198,143 (9.94 percent of all votes) 
  •  2012 — 267,464 (9.06 percent of all votes)
  •  2010 — 127,333 (6 percent of all votes)
  •  2008 — 293,830 (10.06 percent of all votes)
  •  2006 — 146,529 (6.61 percent of all votes)

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Mike Worcester on 11/26/2014 - 02:46 pm.

    Embarrassing

    Is what that is. Utterly and completely embarrassing……

  2. Submitted by Steve Hoffman on 11/29/2014 - 01:34 pm.

    The flipside

    Yes, it’s shameful that so few people voted. On the other hand, those who DIDN’T vote have lost their right to bitch about the election results. Nobody wants to hear it from someone who didn’t even try.

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