Crow Wing County saw a record number of voters in the 2020 general election.
A total of 40,286 voters cast their votes for the Tuesday, Nov. 3, general election in Crow Wing County. The county reported 44,217 voters registered before Election Day, with an additional 2,904 registering on Tuesday.
This beats the county’s previous record of 36,148 total voters in 2016 by a considerable margin.
With 51,180 eligible voters in the county per census data, this total means that 78.71% of eligible voters and 85.49% of registered voters submitted a ballot in the 2020 election.
Roughly 60% of voters used absentee or mail-in ballots for this election. A total of 2,738 voted early (Oct. 27-Nov. 2), while 947 submitted mail ballots on Election Day. And 16,070 people voted at polling places on Election Day (40% of the voters).
Crow Wing County Administrative Services Director Deborah Erickson said 21 ballots were received Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Any ballots received in the mail by Tuesday, Nov. 10, that were postmarked by Tuesday, Nov. 3, were to be processed and results were to be updated.
Past turnout records were not available immediately in Cass County; however, Election Administrator Pamela Smith said by 7 a.m. on Election Day the county had registered 20,549 voters.
"We are still accepting ballots up to Nov. 10 for anything that's been postmarked Nov. 3," Smith said. "That means we are going to keep uploading results."
Those ballots that arrived after Nov. 3, even if they were postmarked by Nov. 3, may have their presidential and vice presidential votes invalidated depending on the results of an in-progress court case.
"The court has not ordered anything except the segregation of ballots," Smith said. "And that particular lawsuit involved only the race for president and vice president. The court did not order that the races on the ballot should not be tabulated. So we are counting all the votes up, but we may have to remove the presidential race results of the ballots received seven days after the election if the law is overturned."
Basically, those ballots received after Nov. 3 are being tabulated and then set aside pending results of the lawsuit.
Smith directed voters to the Secretary of State website for up to date counts at https://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/.
Cass County election results weren't nearly complete Tuesday night, Nov. 3, as the county had an unprecedented number of mail and absentee ballots to process.
Area city turnout
Breezy Point saw an additional 308 voters compared to 2016, with 1,811 of 1,909 registered voters submitting a ballot. Absentee ballots saw a substantial increase as well - 635 this year compared to 251 four years prior.
The city also saw 148 voters register on Election Day.
In Nisswa, preliminary statistics showed 1,507 total voters, including 645 by absentee ballot and 862 voting on Election Day at city hall. The city had 1,602 voters registered before Election Day and 88 registered on Election Day.
"Voter turnout was steady throughout the day at city hall. We expected a slightly slower day than in previous years due to the increase in absentee applications the county was experiencing," City Administrator Jenny Max said in an email. "Overall, Nisswa had a great turnout of voter participation. It was also nice to see some first time voters."
Pequot Lakes' preliminary statistics showed 1,433 total voters, including 562 by absentee and 871 at the Cole Memorial Building on Election Day. The city had 1,567 voters registered before Election Day and 140 registered on Election Day.