How will Early Voting Affect the Results of the 2014 Elections?

This morning’s report from the Secretary of State’s office shows some interesting numbers for the 2014 election. There were 289,324 ballots requested as of 8:00 AM 221,059 or 76.41% have been returned.

If we compare this to a comparable off year election, with a US Senate race and Constitutional races we must go back to 2006. Then 2,202,772 voted for US Senate. If we apply the number of returned early vote ballots this accounts for 10.04%.

The change in the system authored by current Secretary of State candidate Rep. Steve Simon (DFL-46B, St Louis Park) of no excuse absentee voting will result in a significant increase in this type of participation.

Granted we are unclear who this advantages, but the DFL has made a strong push for people to vote early.

Traditionally, the DFL receives the bulk of its support from the 4th, 5th and 8th Congressional districts. If we look at the counties which make up those districts and remembering the 3rd and 5th Congressional Districts share Hennepin County we find the following:

4th-Ramsey County   Requested=25,134   Returned=19,209

5th-Henepin County   Requested= 67,712  Returned= 53,906

8th-St Louis County   Requested= 11,292  Returned= 8,076

These numbers will change during the day because of the mail and hand carried ballots are still arriving.

If you are interested in other areas of the state we have included the entire list for your edification.

County Total Transmitted Accepted
Aitkin County Totals: 1,594 1261
Anoka County Totals: 10,412 8763
Becker County Totals: 2,791 1945
Beltrami County Totals: 4,333 2812
Benton County Totals: 1,182 894
Big Stone County Totals: 1,398 853
Blue Earth County Totals: 5,145 3257
Brown County Totals: 770 695
Carlton County Totals: 3,253 2207
Carver County Totals: 3,902 3256
Cass County Totals: 5,858 3890
Chippewa County Totals: 473 388
Chisago County Totals: 1,874 1507
Clay County Totals: 2,692 1988
Clearwater County Totals: 415 292
Cook County Totals: 2,885 1885
Cottonwood County Totals: 398 284
Crow Wing County Totals: 5,063 4043
Dakota County Totals: 19,847 16160
Dodge County Totals: 467 401
Douglas County Totals: 2,150 1801
Faribault County Totals: 467 385
Fillmore County Totals: 549 475
Freeborn County Totals: 1,508 1200
Goodhue County Totals: 1,618 1270
Grant County Totals: 1,100 758
Hennepin County Totals: 67,712 53906
Houston County Totals: 609 529
Hubbard County Totals: 1,677 1389
Isanti County Totals: 1,241 1002
Itasca County Totals: 8,999 5772
Jackson County Totals: 473 369
Kanabec County Totals: 591 497
Kandiyohi County Totals: 2,173 1780
Kittson County Totals: 1,788 1134
Koochiching County Totals: 1,735 1216
Lac Qui Parle County Totals: 263 200
Lake County Totals: 656 533
Lake Of The Woods County Totals: 1,972 1312
Le Sueur County Totals: 789 583
Lincoln County Totals: 195 166
Lyon County Totals: 1,580 1060
Mcleod County Totals: 1,029 883
Mahnomen County Totals: 946 620
Marshall County Totals: 3,537 2517
Martin County Totals: 633 549
Meeker County Totals: 741 581
Mille Lacs County Totals: 1,256 875
Morrison County Totals: 3,700 2533
Mower County Totals: 1,205 1017
Murray County Totals: 1,610 1041
Nicollet County Totals: 1,110 828
Nobles County Totals: 674 581
Norman County Totals: 1,152 763
Olmsted County Totals: 6,081 4721
Otter Tail County Totals: 2,618 2304
Pennington County Totals: 731 602
Pine County Totals: 1,719 1245
Pipestone County Totals: 525 364
Polk County Totals: 3,650 2198
Pope County Totals: 709 528
Ramsey County Totals: 25,134 19209
Red Lake County Totals: 882 545
Redwood County Totals: 493 407
Renville County Totals: 431 362
Rice County Totals: 2,363 1798
Rock County Totals: 616 410
Roseau County Totals: 1,050 556
St. Louis County Totals: 11,292 8076
Scott County Totals: 3,655 3078
Sherburne County Totals: 2,659 2251
Sibley County Totals: 434 351
Stearns County Totals: 4,953 3632
Steele County Totals: 1,020 909
Stevens County Totals: 409 300
Swift County Totals: 2,065 1214
Todd County Totals: 743 631
Traverse County Totals: 1,004 683
Wabasha County Totals: 685 583
Wadena County Totals: 533 457
Waseca County Totals: 426 368
Washington County Totals: 12,039 10123
Watonwan County Totals: 2,125 1372
Wilkin County Totals: 265 225
Winona County Totals: 1,247 925
Wright County Totals: 3,942 3264
Yellow Medicine County Totals: 636 462
Statewide Totals: 289,324 221059

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