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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Voter Turnout in Minnesota

The percentage of voter turnout used on this site is calculated by dividing the Number of Ballots Counted at the 2014 State General Election by the Number of Eligible Voters.
Number of Ballots Counted

As results come in on election night, the number of ballots counted is estimated using the total number of votes for governor as the “key race.” In the Statewide Reporting Statistics, this number is displayed as “Estimated Voters” and is used as the numerator in the calculation of the estimated percentage of voter turnout.

In the days following the election, as counties update precinct statistics to include the exact number of ballots counted, the key race estimate is replaced by the precinct statistics as reported.

Between Friday, November 7, and Friday, November 14, county canvassing boards will meet to certify the results of the 2014 State General Election and make precinct statistics official. Until the election is canvassed, the number of ballots counted in each precinct remains unofficial.

Number of Eligible Voters

Minnesota uses the number of eligible voters (voting eligible population, or 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 (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).

Minnesota’s estimated Voting Eligible Population (VEP) is 3,945,136.*

*VEP calculated by Dr. Michael P. McDonald, University of Florida: “2014 November General Election: Turnout Rates," United States Elections Project (, updated Oct. 1, 2014).