Hand-count election results begin to come in from final Minneapolis precincts

The first results are now available from Minneapolis’ hand count of ballots from three precincts, and all results are expected to be tallied within the next day. Results are being posted on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website. (select the races you're interested in and look for Minneapolis precincts 10-1, 10-2, and 10-8 to see which of the hand-counted precincts has results available)

Minneapolis reported election results from 97 percent of the city’s precincts (114 of 117 precincts) on election night as usual. However, some of the ballots used in the remaining three 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. Counting is expected to wrap up for precincts 10-1 and 10-2 Thursday, and counting for precinct 10-8 may extend into Friday.

Minneapolis would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s election. More than 200,000 voters cast ballots in Minneapolis, with the help of more than 2,200 election judges and volunteers at the polls who all played a part in ensuring folks had an opportunity to share their voice and participate on Election Day.

Published Nov 8, 2012