ELECTION 2016: Tons of turnout: Bemidji, Minnesota have strong showings at the polls
BEMIDJI—Minnesota once again led the nation in voter turnout in the Nov. 8 general election, continuing its streak of having more than 70 percent of the population participate in presidential years.
When all the votes were tallied, 74.7 percent of the eligible population had submitted ballots in the North Star state, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's website. That trend continued at the local level, too, with 65.4 percent of the voting population in Beltrami County participating and 94 percent in the city of Bemidji.
"We have a community that's dialed in to the issues," said Nate Mathews, Bemidji city manager. "They want to participate, they want a say and they're active."