Carlton County voters largely tune out primary


March 8, 2024

Tom Urbanski

Election judges Patricia George and Chris Connor help out Cloquet resident Bob Keppers during the presidential primary election on Tuesday at Journey Christian Church in Cloquet. It was a slow day across the state and country on Super Tuesday, as President Biden and Donald Trump cruised to easy wins.

Carlton County voters proved none too eager to decide presidential nominees earlier this week.

Voters turned out for the presidential nomination primary Tuesday at a rate 10 percent lower than four years ago.

Only 4,101 ballots were cast among 22,377 registered voters, or 18 percent, compared to a 28 percent turnout in 2020 on the way to the first go-round between Democrat incumbent President Joe Biden and Republican former president Donald Trump.

"It has been a lower turnout for the presidential nomination primary," county auditor Kevin DeVriendt said late Tuesday.

He was acknowledging the ge...

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