Minnesota reports highest midterm election voter turnout since 2002

After an exceptionally high turnout of early voting ballots, Minnesotans once again turned out to the polls in near-record fashion on Tuesday.

According to the Minnesota Secretary of State's office, preliminary estimates indicate that at least 2,593,922 voters participated either in-person or by absentee ballot, representing a 63.82 percent participation rate. This is the highest percentage of voter participation in Minnesota for a midterm election since 2002 and the largest raw total for a midterm election in Minnesota history.

In Hennepin County, officials reported a total of 631,100 ballots cast. In 2016, the total was 685,000 ballots.