This week’s primary turnout was one of the worst for North Dakota in more than 20 years


MINOT, N.D. — How you feel about Tuesday night’s primary election results depends a great deal on what your politics are.

Some candidates won, some lost, and there’s a lot to be said about the political ramifications. If you’re interested in that, we discussed it at length on the Plain Talk podcast, and you can give it a listen.

But beyond the politics of it all, there’s another point to be made about the primary vote, and it’s that turnout was low.

Like, almost historically low.

There were 592,061 North Dakotans who were eligible to vote in the primary, and as I write this (understanding that there are still some late-mailed ballots yet to count that will change these numbers some) just 105,436 of those voters took the time to cast a ballot.

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