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Not even 2M Minnesotans voted, marking the lowest turnout in decades

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Whether someone who could have voted on Nov. 4 actually did so was essentially a coin flip in Minnesota.

Of the nearly 4 million Minnesotans registered to vote, barely half chose to do so earlier this month – the lowest voter turnout figure in decades.

The Secretary of State's office released the official, certified numbers Tuesday.

A total of 1,992,566 people cast a ballot during the Nov. 4 midterm elections – falling below the 2 million mark for the first time in two decades (1994 was the last time it fell below 2 million, The Associated Press says.)

That also means the voter turnout rate was 50.51 percent, the lowest it's been in a general election since 1986, the Star Tribune reports.

Actually lower nationally

While Minnesota's voting participation rate has ticked downward in recent years, it's still much higher than the national numbers when looking at non-presidential elections.

According to the Washington Post, data culled from the United States Election Project shows the turnout for this year's midterm elections was likely the lowest since 1942 – 19 months before D-Day during World War II.

The Election Project page shows Minnesota still near the top of the list when it comes to voter participation. Only six states – Maine (59.3 percent), Wisconsin (56.9 percent), Alaska (53.8 percent), Colorado (53.4 percent), Oregon (52 percent) and Iowa (50.6 percent) – had higher voter turnout.

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