Minnesota has enjoyed extraordinarily high levels of voter participation and routinely ranks as #1 in the United States for turnout. According to Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, preliminary estimates indicate that voter participation on Tuesday was the highest for a midterm election since 2002 and the largest raw total for a midterm election in Minnesota history.
According to the Office of the Chippewa County Auditor-Treasurer, 80% of registered voters went to the polls in Chippewa County on Tuesday. 11 precincts in the county voted by mail for the first time this year and Chippewa County Auditor Treasurer Michelle May thinks the transition went smoothly. May also commented that competitive local races for county sheriff and county attorney may have played a role in the high turnout.
Voters in Chippewa County elected Derek Olson as County Sheriff, Matt Haugen as County Attorney, and David Leiser as County Commissioner for District 5.