Voter turnout high, but lower than 4 years ago

Published 11:37 am Thursday, November 10, 2016

Turnout at 90 percent

About 90 percent of Freeborn County residents eligible to vote cast their ballots during the Tuesday general election.

The voter turnout is relatively similar to previous presidential election years, though it is slightly down from 93.71 percent in 2012, according to unofficial results from the Freeborn County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office.

Turnout in 2008 was 89.64 percent. During election years where there is not a presidential race, turnout in Freeborn County tends to be between 70 and 80 percent.

Auditor-Treasurer Pat Martinson said the presidential race was a large factor in the high turnout this year, along with the county commissioner races, which attracted good turnout in some of the townships.

Of the 16,196 people in the county who voted, 2,361 people voted by absentee ballot, and 1,582 registered to vote on Election Day.

Freeborn County’s numbers were significantly higher than the statewide voter turnout of about 74.11 percent.

According to the Secretary of State’s Office, that total is less than each of the last three presidential elections, which had 76.42 percent turnout in 2012, 78.11 percent in 2008 and 78.77 in 2004.

About 2.95 million people voted statewide this year out of an eligible 3.97 million people.

The 2016 general election in Freeborn County will be canvassed Tuesday. The State Canvassing Board meets Nov. 29.

Freeborn County voter turnout

(By percent)

2006: 78.71

2008: 89.64*

2010: 72.47

2012: 93.71*

2014: 70.74

2016: 90.38*

* Denotes presidential year