The last time the Minnesota State Canvassing Board assembled, people around the world were watching. The balance of power in the Senate, the future of health care reform among other issues were at stake as the board tried to decide who won the very close election between Al Franken and Norm Coleman.
Nothing like that this time. Primary results were certified and the board confirmed that Minnesota had its highest primary election turnout in a decade with a record number of absentee ballots.
Press release from the MN Secretary of State’s office when you continue reading.
State Canvassing Board Certifies 2010 Primary Results
ST. PAUL, Minn.-August 17, 2010-Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and the State Canvassing Board met this morning to certify the election results of last Tuesday’s primary. The board convened to review county canvassing reports at the State Office Building. Joining the secretary were Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Lorie Skjerven Gildea, Associate Justice David R. Stras, District Court Judge Gregg E. Johnson of the Second Judicial District, and District Court Judge Susan Miles of the Tenth Judicial District.
“I appreciate the work of everyone who made this election possible,” Ritchie said. “Moving Minnesota’s primary was a challenge, but election officials rose to the occasion. Implementing this important reform will ensure that our family members, friends and neighbors who serve this great country overseas will have more time to participate in Minnesota elections. I applaud Minnesotans for exceeding expectations and turning out to make their voices heard.”
Minnesotans turned out in this year’s primary in numbers not seen in over a decade. Certified election results indicate that 606,394 Minnesotans (15.93 percent of eligible voters) participated in the Aug. 10 primary. In addition to increased turnout, primary voters cast a record 31,276 absentee ballots.