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Twelfth ward precinct voters lined up around the Sibley Park Recreation Center to cast their vote early Tuesday, November 6, 2012 in Minneapolis, MN.

Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

Hennepin County voter turnout reached 84 percent

  • November 17, 2012 - 5:31 PM

Hennepin County voters swarmed to the polls on Nov. 6, with more than 610,000 people voting on Election Day and more than 72,000 voting before then.

The highest turnout in the county was Precinct 1 in Shorewood, with 94 percent. In Minneapolis, Ward 7, Precinct 1C north of Cedar Lake had the highest city turnout, at 92 percent.

Many precincts in Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Edina, Golden Valley, Greenwood, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Plymouth and St. Louis Park had turnouts of more than 90 percent.

In other election trivia, 3,200 ballots were cast from military and overseas voters, 11 percent voted absentee, and 19 percent of voters -- 130,000 people -- registered on Election Day. More than 5,000 people worked as election judges.

Minnesota's turnout was 76 percent, tops in the nation. Minnesota has had the best turnout in the U.S. in 12 of the last 16 elections, Hennepin County elections manager Rachel Smith said.

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