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St Paul (KROC AM News) - Another first-place finish for Minnesota voters.

The Minnesota Canvassing Board Tuesday certified the results of the 2020 General Election and they show voter turnout reached 80-percent, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Secretary of State Steve Simon says the total vote count of nearly 3.2-million means 79.96 percent of eligible Minnesotans participated in the election. Simon says that’s the highest percentage turnout since 1956, and the highest total number of voters ever.

He says that made it three elections in a row Minnesota led the nation in voter turnout (eligible voters).

Steve Simon Press Kit via
Steve Simon Press Kit via

Simon says because of the pandemic, he asked voters to consider using an absentee ballot this year. The response was overwhelming as 1,906,383 million voters cast an absentee ballot, about 58 percent of those voting. The previous highest level in 2018 was around 24 percent.

Simon added:

“The election was a great success for other reasons. There was no lack of election judges, which other states faced. There was no report of violence or intimidation, as some had feared. There were no credible allegations of voter fraud. And there was no shortage of PPE or supplies at polling places to keep in-person voters safe.”


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