The following was released by Hennepin County:
The Hennepin County Canvassing Board certified the county’s election results on Tuesday – and those results showed high voter turnout – 84 percent. More than 610,000 voted on Election Day, and more than 72,000 voted prior to Election Day.
“Minnesota typically leads the country with the highest voter turnout – in 12 of the past 16 elections,” said Rachel Smith, Hennepin County elections manager. “We especially want to thank the more than 5,000 election judges throughout the county who worked to make this election so successful. These election judges are essentially volunteers – they work long hours and put in an incredible amount of effort to make this voting process happen. Together with the collaboration of the cities and county, this is an enormous effort to make sure that every vote counts.”
Smith says the state’s consistently high voter turnout reflects state policies that emphasize reducing barriers to voting access – including same-day registration, the right to be absent from work for time to vote, service as an election judge without loss of pay, and the right to have assistance if needed.
Statistics from Hennepin’s elections:
• 3,200 ballots were from military and overseas voters from all over the world.
• 11 percent of residents – 72,000 – voted absentee.
• 19 percent – 130,000 – registered to vote on Election Day.
• Only 59 of the county’s 401 precincts had less than an 80 percent turnout.
• Precinct 1 in tiny Shorewood had the highest turnout – 94 percent.
• Ward 7, Precinct 1C had the highest turnout in Minneapolis – 92 percent.
• Many precincts in Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Edina, Golden Valley, Greenwood, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Plymouth and St. Louis Park had turnouts of more than 90 percent.