Record number of ballots cast in Minnesota

Minnesotans on Tuesday flocked to the polls in record numbers, over 2.9 million – a record. About 76 percent of eligible voters participated, which was lower than the 78 percent in 2008.

A record number of state residents voted on Tuesday, ECM Publishers reported.

More specifically, with 99.93 percent of precincts reporting, 2,938,947 voters cast ballots in the presidential race, a good indictor of total voters. That's a record, ECM and MPR report. The number will rise a bit as final tallies are made.

Minnesota election officials say turnout in Tuesday’s election was about 76 percent of eligible voters, the Associated Press reports, likely good enough to land the state near the top among states for turnout rates.

But that's lower than 2008 when 78 percent of eligible voters voted, MPR says.

Minnesota is often at the top of rankings among states for voter turnout. The Christian Science Monitor examined how the top six states in voter turnout do it.

Minnesota had its highest general election turnout percentage in 1956, when a little more than 83 percent of eligible voters went to the polls, the Star Tribune notes.

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