5 reasons Minnesota ranks 2nd in U.S. for election performance - KMSP-TV

5 reasons Minnesota has second-best election performance in U.S.

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Minnesota ranks second in the country for its election performance according to a recent Pew study.

The Pew Charitable Trusts' latest Election Performance Index looks and wait times at polling locations; availability of online voting information tools; rejection of voter registrations; problems with registration or absentee ballots; rejection of military and overseas ballots; voter turnout; and accuracy of voting technology.

North Dakota came in first, and Wisconsin ranked third. Minnesota topped Wisconsin for the highest voter turnout in both 2008 and 2012.

WHERE MINNESOTA EXCELS

Voter turnout
Minnesota had the nation's highest voter turnout rate in 2008 (78 percent) and 2012 (76 percent).

Few registration flaws
The state's rate of nonvoting due to registration or absentee ballot problems was the second-lowest in the nation in 2008 and 2012.

Election Day registration
Minnesota has had Election Day registration since 1974. More than half a million people typically use Election Day registration during a presidential election, and 61 percent of registered voters have used it at least once.

Online tools
In 2012, Minnesota had four online voting lookup tools — registration check, polling place finder, absentee ballot status check, and sample ballot viewer. Minnesota added online voter registration in 2013.

Unreturned ballots
Minnesota's rate of mail ballots unreturned was one of the lowest in the country at 4.3 percent

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