Expensive Governor Race Drives High Primary Voter Turnout

Millions spent by the three DFL candidates for Minnesota Governor brought people to the polls despite the primary election moving from September to August. The Secretary of State’s office reports turnout was the highest in a decade and absentee voting was the highest in two decades.

Continue reading for the numbers.

Press release from the Secretary of State’s office:

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said today that more than 580,000 eligible Minnesota voters participated in Minnesota’s first Aug. primary. The number is based on preliminary results reported by local election officials. Ritchie indicated that the percentage of voters casting ballots was more than 15 percent of Minnesota’s eligible voter population of 3.8 million. This figure includes a record number of absentee ballots, over 31,000. These totals will continue to change as reporting is completed from St. Louis and Carlton counties and updated results are posted for Wright County where electronic transmission difficulties were experienced.

“Despite heat, humidity and severe weather, Minnesotans made sure their voices were heard,” Ritchie said. “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.”

Election results remain unofficial until the State Canvassing Board certifies results on Tuesday, Aug. 17.

Michael McIntee

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