Sunday, May 12, 2013
The community had an 83.7 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in the 2012 election.
Hopkins had a high voter turnout in the 2012 election for a state that is itself already well above the national average. Minnesota fell to third in the country—behind only Mississippi and Wisconsin, according to data the U.S. Census Bureau made public Wednesday evening. Although it had the highest levels in the country of voter turnout in the 2008 election, the 73.2 percent of citizens who voted here in 2012 is still comfortably above the national average of 61.8. (The Census Bureau’s rates are different from those from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office, which lists a 76.11 percent voter turnout rate. The Census Bureau’s rate for Minnesota is listed as having a margin of error of ± 2.1 percent.) The Census Bureau didn’t provide …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
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Thursday, January 3, 2013
The biggest stories of the past year.
With 2012 being a presidential election year, it’s no surprise there was no shortage of political news over the past 12 months. What was more unexpected was just how much conflict there was in some races that turned out to be routs. Add in the twists and turns of a long-awaited project, and you have an eventful year. 5th District Race Gets Ugly Incumbent Rep. Keith Ellison and Republican Chris Fields traded barbs throughout the race for the 5th District seat. But the nastiness hit a new low less than three weeks before Election Day, when the opponents launched personal attacks during a debate on KFAI Radio. The two called each other liars, and Ellison twice called his Fields a "lowlife scumbag." Southwest Light Rail Sees Ups and Downs …
Friday, November 16, 2012
At individual precincts, between 83 percent and 88 percent of registered voters cast a ballot.
Hopkins’ voting rates were a tic higher than Hennepin County’s rates, according to unofficial results from the city clerk. The city saw 85 percent of registered voters cast ballots on Election Day, a percentage point above the Hennepin County rate. In all, 9,130 people voted in this year’s election. Turnout in individual precincts ranged from 88 percent in Precinct 5 on the northern part of the city to 83 percent in Precinct 3 on the southeastern side. Meanwhile, Hopkins also had a similar rate of absentee ballot voting to Hennepin County—12 percent to the county’s 11 percent. *** Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free daily newsletter | Check out Patch’s Pinterest boards
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Many precincts in Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Edina, Golden Valley, Greenwood, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Plymouth and St. Louis Park had turnouts of more than 90 percent.
The following was released by Hennepin County: The Hennepin County Canvassing Board certified the county’s election results on Tuesday – and those results showed high voter turnout – 84 percent. More than 610,000 voted on Election Day, and more than 72,000 voted prior to Election Day. “Minnesota typically leads the country with the highest voter turnout – in 12 of the past 16 elections,” said Rachel Smith, Hennepin County elections manager. “We especially want to thank the more than 5,000 election judges throughout the county who worked to make this election so successful. These election judges are essentially volunteers – they work long hours and put in an incredible amount of effort to make this voting process happen. Together with …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Republican Chris Fields did better in areas Patch covers than in the Fifth District overall.
Patch cities gave U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) one shy of 76,000 votes in the Nov. 6, 2012 election that returned him to Congress for a fourth term. His Republican challenger, Chris Fields, got fewer than half that number of votes from areas Patch covers: 33,623. Only two precincts out of 76 in Patch cities favored Fields over Ellison. Both precincts were in Edina—a new part of the Fifth District, added when redistricting redrew political boundaries based on the 2010 U.S. Census. Edina gave Fields the most support of the six Patch cities in the Fifth Congressional District, with 44.52 percent of Edina's votes going to the Republican. Sixteen precincts in neighboring Southwest Minneapolis gave Fields the least support he enjoyed in Patch'…
The community had the sixth most-even rates of the 38 communities that Patch covers.
Hopkins voters marked yes on the voter ID and marriage amendments at one of the most even rates in the communities Patch covers. The voter ID amendment saw 37.62 percent of votes marked yes—just 2.33 percent more than the 35.29 percent yes votes that the marriage amendment received. While most cities tended to vote similarly on both amendments, Hopkins had the sixth closest rates of the 38 cities that Patch covers. Most cities that Patch serves had more support for the voter ID than the marriage amendment. And some, including seven around Lake Minnetonka, registered greater support for voter ID by between 11 and 16 percentage points. Just two Patch cities—Roseville and Fridley—had greater support for the marriage amendment than voter ID…
Fifth District voters sent Keith Ellison back to Congress. His Republican challenger, Chris Fields, received 25 percent of the vote.
Use the scroll bar to the right of the photo above to review tweets and photos from the last week via Storify. It was a big week for U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who reflected on his Nov. 6, 2012 re-election in a post-election YouTube I've never been able to stand for office and get 256,000 votes before. That's a high-water mark for me. Seventy-five percent of the vote: another high-water mark for me. ... But we did something even more important than winning an election. We won an argument. Chris Fields, Ellison's Republican challenger, put it this way in a statement Wednesday: This loss is tough for all of us. I came up woefully short in my campaign to unseat Keith Ellison. ... It is worth noting that last night we received a record …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
This week's selection includes a new gallery/gift shop, a levy rejected, school boundaries issue, DFL wins and good news for Southwest Light Rail Transit.
Editor’s Note: Every week we will bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Richfield, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, and St. Michael. District 281 Bus Driver Asks Student to Pick Up Gun A Robbinsdale Area Schools spokesperson said a bus driver asked a seventh-grade boy to pick up a gun he spotted along the road. The district is shocked by the incident and has communicated with parents and students. Bus Driver Fired After Asking ISD 281 Student to Pick Up Gun The incident occurred on Nov. 8 around 8 a.m. The district immediately took action after the driver notified school employees about the weapon. A Hillary-…
Friday, November 9, 2012
Voters in the mostly suburban cities Patch covers were more opposed to the proposed gay-marriage ban than Minnesota voters generally.
Here's how residents in a selection of Minnesota cities voted on the ballot measure that would have added a definition of marriage as only between one man and one woman to the state Constitution. Statewide, the ballot measure failed to exceed the 50 percent level of support it needed in the Nov. 6, 2012 general election. It got 47.53 percent, according to unofficial results from all but two of Minnesota's 4,102 precincts' results. Taken together, people in cities served by Patch—mostly in the Twin Cities suburbs—rejected the marriage amendment in greater proportion (61.21 percent) than Minnesotans taken as a whole (52.47 percent). Support for the amendment in places covered by Patch ranged from 14.51 percent in Southwest Minneapolis to 54.…