Voter Turnout in Minnesota
The percentage of voter turnout used on this site is calculated by dividing the Number of Ballots Cast by the total Number of Eligible Voters in the state.
Number of Ballots Cast
The number of voters casting ballots in the state primary is displayed as precinct statistics. Election results for offices and questions are entered on this site before precinct statistics are entered. Until all precinct voting statistics are reported, vote totals may appear to exceed number voting.
During the three days following the election, election results and statistics are made official at meetings of the county canvassing boards. Until the election is canvassed, the number of ballots cast in each precinct remains unofficial.
Number of Eligible Voters
Minnesota uses the number of the Voting Eligible Population (VEP) as the denominator when calculating the percentage of voters who voted. The VEP is the number of individuals 18 years of age or older (the voting age population) minus the estimated number of individuals who are not eligible to vote (such as non-citizens or individuals who do not have voting rights under law).
In 2016, Minnesota’s current estimated Voting Eligible Population was 3,972,330.*
* Michael P. McDonald, “2016 Presidential Contest Turnout Rates,” United States Elections Project, Web, October 2016.