Duluth Voter Turnout Steady and Expected to Increase for General Election

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: November 05, 2019 08:10 PM

Duluthians have been out and about voting in this year's municipal general election since polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Voter turnout was expected to pick up as people got out of work and school.


The Coppertop Church is one of many locations where community members have been coming in to vote all day. Janet Nelson, the election judge for the 16th precinct, said it has been consistent, but not overly busy.

Throughout the day the city has had a steady turnout. Duluth City Clerk Chelsea Helmer said they are expecting close to 40 percent voter turnout. Coppertop had 500 people by 5 p.m. with about 50 people coming per hour.

There have been minor issues with the printer jamming at Coppertop and other voting locations but it was quickly fixed. Helmer said extensive testing is done on the machines. Also, a year in advance of preparation happens to make sure things go smoothly.

Helmer said this year's unique election may increase voter turnout.

"The mayor's race is on the ballot, and that generally drives a little larger voter turnout. We also have two at large city council races that are on the ballot in addition to an at large school board race, and those generally see increase voter turnout because they are citywide races," said Helmer.

Incumbent Mayor Emily Larson is seeking her second term in office. David Nolle is challenging her.

Helmer said it has been a successful year for early voting.

"We always compare similar elections. So, this is a municipal election and an off year. And so we compare that to 2017 and we saw an increase of about 300 to 400 voters," said Helmer.


Alejandra Palacios

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