No matter your take on the Tuesday elections, there is one fact McLeod County residents can cheer for: local voter turnout continues to stay high.
McLeod County residents like to vote; Even in a state already known for its high participation, voters here are above average with 71.55 percent of those registered casting ballots in 2018, according to preliminary numbers. That’s about 15,051 voters.
That’s a notch above Minnesota’s rate of 63.82 percent, or about 2.6 million voters.
Unlike the majority of state voters, however, McLeod County voters predominantly cast ballots for GOP candidates. County results were completely opposite of overall state results in most state and federal elections.
According to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office, the state had its highest midterm rate since 2002, and the largest raw total for a midterm election in state history. Minnesota regularly ranks No. 1 in the United States for voter turnout.
McLeod County’s preliminary 71.55 percent turnout is an increase from 61.85 percent in 2016 and 65 percent in 2010. But those numbers don’t compare to turnout during presidential elections. In 2016, 91.67 percent of registered voters filled out ballots, 92.26 percent in 2012, 91.04 percent in 2008 and 95.25 percent in 2004.
The local precinct leader this year was Helen Township, where preliminary numbers show a 77.82 percent turnout of the 550 registered voters.