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Voter turnout in Douglas County: 55 percent

Douglas County's voter turnout for the 2014 general election was better than most counties in the state. According to information released by the Douglas County Auditor-Treasurer's Office Friday, the estimated voter turnout rate for the county wa...

Douglas County’s voter turnout for the 2014 general election was better than most counties in the state.

According to information released by the Douglas County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office Friday, the estimated voter turnout rate for the county was 55 percent, based on data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS) that includes the voting age population that are U.S. citizens.

Based on these figures, Douglas County is ranked 20th out of the 87 counties in the state for voter turnout.

The rate is down from the 2010 midterm election rate of 56 percent.

For presidential elections, Douglas County’s turnout was 75 percent in 2012 and 75 percent in 2008.

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The official Minnesota statewide turnout rate for the 2014 general election was 50.51 percent, based on 1,992,566 total voters and an estimated eligible voter count of 3,945,136.

The statewide turnout rate based on the ACS figures was 51.29 percent.

The Douglas County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office also reports that 17 percent of the county’s eligible voting population was unregistered to vote as of November 3, 2014, the day before Election Day.

Statewide, more than 800,000 eligible Minnesota voters are estimated to be not registered (20 percent of the voting population). Eligible voters can register online at mnvotes.org.

“These statistics provide a good measure of how our citizens engage in our democratic process,” said County Auditor-Treasurer, Char Rosenow. “Our goal is to continue to educate and encourage all eligible voters to get involved in our future elections to help further grow voter participation and strengthen our elections.”

 

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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