Certified results from last week’s Minnesota primary show just more than 10 percent of the state’s eligible voters cast ballots. The turnout figure was announced at Tuesday’s meeting of the state canvassing board.
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is estimating a low turnout for Tuesday’s statewide primary election. Out of 3.1 million Minnesota voters, only 10-15 percent will turn out, according to Ritchie.
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