Final Minnesota voter statistics confirm 10.37% turnout rate

  • St. Paul, MN— The five-member State Canvassing Board, chaired by Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, has certified the results of the Aug. 12 Primary Election.

The certification is the last step in confirming the federal and state candidates who will appear on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot. View the Primary Election results.

The Office of the Secretary of State reports 401,878 voters cast a ballot in the primary — resulting in a turnout rate of 10.37 percent, based on Minnesota’s eligible voter number of 3,876,752.

There will be no publicly funded recounts for any state or federal elected offices. All federal and statewide races had vote margins greater than one-quarter of one percent, and all legislative races had vote margins greater than one-half of one percent — the statutorily defined difference needed for candidates to request a publicly funded recount.

Official Voter Statistics for the August 12 Primary:

10.37 percent turnout. Previous turnout rates in Minnesota primaries:
2012 — 9.61 percent
2010 — 15.93 percent
2008 — 11.26 percent

401,878 total voters. Previous voter numbers in Minnesota primaries:
2012 — 359,682
2010 — 606,394
2008 — 419,474

32,710 mail and absentee ballots cast (around 27,500 were absentee ballots). Previous absentee ballots cast in Minnesota primaries:
2012 — 19,624
2010 — 31,276
2008 — 21,160

19,358 voters registered at their polling place on Primary Election Day. Previous Election Day registration in Minnesota primaries:
2012 — 17,975
2010 — 39,669
2008 — 24,700

Minnesota State Canvassing Board
The secretary of state is required by the State Constitution and state statute (204C.31) to appoint members of the State Canvassing Board. By law, the members must be the secretary of state, two judges from the Minnesota Supreme Court and two district court judges. State Canvassing Board members are:

Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State, Chair
The Honorable G. Barry Anderson, Minnesota Supreme Court
The Honorable Christopher Dietzen, Minnesota Supreme Court
The Honorable Fred Karasov, Fourth Judicial District
The Honorable Lyonel Norris, Fourth Judicial District

2014: A Significant Election Year
On Nov. 4, Minnesota voters will head to the polls to decide a U.S. Senate seat, all of Minnesota’s eight U.S. House seats, as well as governor and other state officers, and all Minnesota State House seats.

The 2014 election will also include many county commissioners, county sheriffs, county attorneys, auditors, treasurers and recorders.

Key 2014 election dates:
Sept. 19 — Absentee ballots will be available for the Nov. 4 General Election. Voters may request their ballot online now at Also on this date, voters will be able to view their sample ballot at

Oct. 14 — Pre-registration deadline for the General Election. Voters are encouraged to pre-register to vote online at Voters who miss this deadline may still register at their polling place on Election Day, Nov. 4.

Nov. 4 — General Election Day.
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About the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
The Secretary of State is the chief election official in Minnesota and is responsible for the administration of the state’s election law. In this capacity, the office operates the Statewide Voter Registration System and prepares the official roster of voters for every election. The office also accepts filings by candidates, trains local election officials, and conducts voter education and outreach programs.

The Secretary of State is the keeper of the Great Seal of Minnesota and has the role of certifying the authenticity of a wide variety of official documents, including proclamations and executive orders.

A main function of the office is the review, approval and filing of articles of incorporation and amendments for all businesses and nonprofit organizations conducting business in Minnesota.

The Secretary of State also processes all notary public applications; serves as the state’s central filing system for lien information related to the Uniform Commercial Code; and administers Safe at Home, an address confidentiality program designed to assist Minnesotans who fear for their safety.