Voter Turnout Light as Expected for Duluth Primaries

Baihly Warfield
Updated: August 13, 2019 10:56 PM

DULUTH, Minn. - As expected, voter turnout was fairly light Tuesday for the municipal primary elections. In total, 8,014 ballots were cast. 

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Duluth voters were narrowing down the mayoral, at-large city council and 3rd district council races. 

City Clerk Chelsea Helmer said there were 187 election judges out at the precincts helping elections run smoothly. 

“Municipal primaries are historically rather low voter turnout when compared to other statewide elections in even years,” Helmer said. “But... an average municipal primary ranges from about 10-15 percent. That seems to be what we’re seeing today.” 

The bright side is that voters were not forced to wait in line to cast their ballots. The Clerk’s office has been using social media to try to get the word out ahead of time. Helmer said some people who took advantage of early voting at City Hall on Saturday were there because they had heard about the opportunity on social media. 

Although the voting process works the same as it will in November, Helmer reminded voters of the significance of the primary. 

“This is to narrow down the field of candidates. So you are essentially saying, ‘These are the candidates that I would like to see move on to the general election. So as a voter, you’ll have another opportunity to vote for those candidates in November,” Helmer said. “And then that will, again, narrow the pool. And you’ll have one winner in each race.” 

There are also special elections for the St. Louis County Board 5th District seat and for the Leonidas City Council. 

Polls are open until 8 p.m.


Baihly Warfield

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