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A record number of Minnesotans voted last month

Minnesota also had the highest turnout in the nation – again.
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Although the turnout wasn't as high as 2008 or 2012, more Minnesotans voted than ever before in the most recent election.

Population growth means more people took to the polls on Nov. 8 even though the percentage of eligible voters dropped, with 2,968,281 votes cast at a turnout rate of 74.72 percent, the Minnesota Secretary of State confirmed.

Minnesota will almost certainly be the state with the highest election turnout, ahead of New Hampshire and Colorado. The state had dropped down to 6th in the 2014 midterms after being number one in 2012.

"I challenged the people of Minnesota to return our state back to number one in voter turnout and it looks like Minnesotans stepped up to that challenge," Secretary of State Steve Simon said.

"Minnesota’s historic early voting and online voter registration numbers show that Minnesotans want the increased convenience and accessibility when it comes to elections, and I look forward to continue working to make it as easy as possible for eligible voters to make their voices heard."

Minnesota voted Democrat once again this year, though the gap between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was only 1.52 percent – Barack Obama won the state by more than 7 percent from Mitt Romney in 2012.

There were other records broken this year as well, with more Minnesotans than ever casting their ballots early as absentee voters.

The comparison to previous years isn't exactly fair, this was the first time in a presidential election year that Minnesotans didn't need an excuse to vote absentee, and 678,336 – some 22.85 percent of all voters – cast their ballots early.

There were also records broken for the number of Minnesotans who registered to vote before election day (3,270,734) and the number who registered online (350,224).

'Did not vote' won the election

Although Trump will become president via his electoral college, he gained only an estimated 27.7 percent of national votes, behind the 28.8 percent who opted for Clinton – who won the popular vote.

FiveThirtyEight contributor Dave Wasserman reports that based on the latest counts, 40.3 percent of the 227 million eligible U.S. voters didn't cast their ballots.

The Pioneer Press reports that Minnesota is one of only seven states (including Washington D.C.) where there were more people who voted for either Clinton or Trump than those who didn't vote at all.

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