Map: Voter turnout for 2009 city election

Here’s a map showing voter turnout for the 2009 City of Minneapolis General Election. Historically, neighborhoods in southwest and south Minneapolis have had the highest turnout — as is reflected in this map. Overall, 45,968 ballots were cast in the 2009 city election — a 20 percent turnout rate. Mayor R.T. Rybak did not face a competitive challenger for that election. Turnout is expected to be much higher this year given the competitive mayor’s race, several competitive City Council races and the new ranked choice voting (RCV) method. The Somali community, which is very politically active, is also expected to have a big impact on this year’s election. (Note: Ward boundaries have changed and will go into effect for this election.)