Minnesota Leads Nation In Voter Turnout, Again

Minnesota Leads Nation In Voter Turnout, Again Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

Mar 17, 2017 at 8:20 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP/KSNI) - Minnesota leads the nation once again in voter turnout for a presidential election.

It's the second consecutive presidential election that the state had the most voters going to the polls, and the eighth time in the past nine presidential elections.

Nonprofit VOTE and the US Election Project compiled the numbers. About 75 percent of eligible voters in Minnesota cast ballots in the 2016 election.

Voter turnout in Stearns County was 68.5 percent, in Benton County 68.7 percent-up 1.6 percent, and Sherburne County at 74.8 percent- up 2.6 percent.

Voter turnout was up in Stearns County by 1.1 percent, in Benton County 1.6 percent and Sherburne County was up 2.6 percent when compared to 2012.

Nationwide, about 60 percent of eligible voters went to the polls for the presidential election. That's up one percentage point from 2012.

Experts say same-day voter registration has contributed to high voter participation. Minnesota has had same-day registration since 1974.

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