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Request for Committee Action

Report on the 2018 Gubernatorial Election (RCA-2019-00380)

ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT
City Clerk's Office
To Committee(s)
# Committee Name Meeting Date
1 Elections & Rules Committee Mar 27, 2019
Lead Staff:
Casey Joe Carl, City Clerk
Presented By:
Casey Joe Carl, City Clerk
Action Item(s)
# File Type Subcategory Item Description
1 Receive & File Report

Receiving and filing the report on the 2018 Gubernatorial Election.

Ward / Neighborhood / Address
# Ward Neighborhood Address
1. All Wards
Background Analysis

The 2018 Gubernatorial Election saw an incredible surge in voter participation, achieving a turnout of 67.7 percent of the City’s estimated voting-eligible population, reflecting 207,114 ballots in the general election. Nationwide, voter turnout in 2018 was the highest for any midterm election in at least a century. According to the United States Election Project, 49.3 percent of the nation’s voting-eligible population participated in the 2018 midterm, accounting for more than 116 million ballots. That represents the highest turnout percentage since 1914, when 50.4 percent of eligible U.S. voters went to the polls. The City of Minneapolis led the state in overall participation, contributing to Minnesota’s rank as the number-one state in the nation for voter participation in 2018. This report summarizes the lessons learned, accomplishments made, and recommendations for future improvements based on the experiences of the 2018 Gubernatorial Election.

FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENT
  • No fiscal impact anticipated