Minneapolis ballot counting may wrap up tonight—results expected Thursday

The process of hand-counting ballots from three Minneapolis precincts began today at 10 a.m., and elections officials hope to complete the counting late tonight or tomorrow morning. If the hand count is finished tonight, results for these three precincts will be compiled and provided to the Secretary of State and Hennepin County on Thursday morning. The results will then be available on the Secretary of State’s website.

Minneapolis reported all its election results for 114 of its 117 precincts on election night as usual. However, some of the ballots used in precincts 10-1, 10-2, and 10-8 had technical printing errors on the margins of the ballots that caused them to be un-scannable by the standard ballot counters. These printing errors did not affect the ballot content or any races or issues on the ballot.

Following state rules and guidelines for scenarios like this, about 5,500 ballots are being hand counted under the supervision of City and County staff. The top priority for elections officials and staff is to get an accurate count. If counting is not completed tonight, the hand count will continue in the morning, with final results still expected tomorrow.

Minneapolis would like to thank the tens of thousands of voters, volunteers, election judges, and staff who all played a part in ensuring folks had an opportunity to share their voice and participate on Election Day. Because presidential elections are always high-turnout elections, and because Minnesota law makes it easy to participate by registering on Election Day, many polling places were very busy throughout the day on Tuesday.

After every election, the City reviews how Election Day went and whether improvements need to be made to the process. The City would like to hear from voters about what went well at the polling place, and what needs to be improved for the future. To share your feedback on voting in Minneapolis, call 311 (or 612-673-3000 from outside the city) or email Minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov.

Published Nov. 7, 2012