The final election results are in: Minnesota had its lowest voter turnout since 1986. The state canvassing board officially certified the 2014 voter turnout at 50.5 percent. It’s one of the last official acts for Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.
The fall election produced Minnesota’s lowest voter turnout since 1986, according to results certified Tuesday. Final figures for this November’s election put participation at 50.5 percent of eligible voters. That’s the smallest percentage since 48 percent voted in the 1986 election.
Minnesotans are proud to say they lead the nation in turnout, and a change in state law meant some people voted early instead of waiting for Election Day.
Do you have some last minute questions before heading to the polls? Here are four things you need to know before heading out the door.
Minneapolis restaurant owners hope voters will get rid of a law they say is keeping them from moving forward. The 70/30 Law is affecting restaurant owners like Molly Broder. “I have Broders’ Cucina Italiana, that’s our deli, I have Broders’ Pasta Bar and Terzo Vino Bar,” Broder said.
The leading candidates for Minnesota’s top offices are spending the final campaign weekend giving pep talks to the party faithful knocking on doors and calling persuadable voters. Democratic Sen. Al Franken told canvassers in a St. Paul suburb that races are “won at the door” and says his 312-vote win six years ago proves nothing can be taken for granted.
In a cramped office tucked behind an old 10-cent general store, the voice of 10-year-old Parker Hall cuts through the hum of non-stop conversation. Fueled by bottles of Dr Pepper and a big bag of candy, he asks if he can count on a vote for GOP candidates. Then another call. And another. He’s at it for hours.
Minnesota is one week out from Election Day, and many political campaigns are going “old school.” Thousands of Minnesota mailboxes are filling up with campaign literature.
The votes are in and the best town in America is? You betcha, it’s Duluth, Minnesota. Outside Magazine asked voters which town was the best place to live, if they love an active lifestyle.
Minneapolis voters will now have a say on a controversial liquor law in the city. In November, voters will decide on whether or not to repeal the 70/30 law. The 1997 city charter amendment was originally put in place to try to prevent restaurants that sold liquor from becoming neighborhood trouble spots.
When Tina Smith arrived at an eat-in bakery recently as an ambassador of Gov. Mark Dayton’s re-election campaign, there wasn’t much mystery about the allegiance of her assembled audience. A couple dozen tried-and-true Democrats who huddled around Smith were anxious to meet the governor’s new running mate, and she was just as eager to deliver an early call to action.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says voters should decide whether Minnesota’s minimum wage climbs automatically. A constitutional amendment that he and another prominent senator put in play Thursday would ask voters this fall if they think the wage should be forever linked to inflation.
With Minnesota’s new online voter registration system in legal limbo, state lawmakers are starting to map out a backup plan.
A Web site where people can register to vote in Minnesota is undergoing scrutiny in court. A Ramsey County District judge was hearing a lawsuit Friday on the online sign-up tool launched in September by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.
On National Voter Registration Day, organizers are out trying to encourage more people to register to vote. There are still 700,000 eligible voters who haven’t registered.