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January 16, 2021

11/11/2020 9:47:00 AM
County's big election turnout
This week, as I worked on our page 1 election story, I half-expected to include the words "record turnout" somewhere in the story.
That wasn't the case. In fact, this year's county vote total of 6,140 was the sixth highest since I became editor here in 1988 (the largest, 6,674, occurred the year I arrived).
As the chart below points out, this year saw the largest voter turnout since 2004. I was curious, so I looked it up.
As you may know, 2004 was the year George W. Bush defeated John Kerry. Turnout was also boosted by a Windom school referendum, which was defeated 1,847 to 1,449.
The 2004 voters also had us beat in voter percentage. They had 6,801 registered voters, compared to this year's 6,531, giving them a 95% turnout, to our 94% total.
Out of further curiosity, I looked up the unforgettable "Jesse Ventura election" of 1998. Well, it seems Gov. Ventura's stunning win boosted that year's county vote total to 6,185. County totals for governor were: Coleman, 2,424, Skip Humphrey, 1,884 and Ventura, 1,788.

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