Ballots to be recounted in Minneapolis school board race

Aug. 19, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) The Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services Division will conduct a recount of ballots cast in the “School Board Member At-Large” position for the Minneapolis Special School District 1 (Minneapolis Public Schools), on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, beginning at 10 a.m. The recount will take place at the Elections Warehouse located at 732A Harding Street NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413. The recount will be open to the public, media, candidates and their counsel.

This recount was requested by candidate Doug Mann, pursuant to the provisions of Minnesota Statutes § 204C.36, subd. 1(b). The certified results of the election show that Mann received a total of 2,199 votes, placing him in the fifth position of candidates, 50 votes behind Ira Jourdain, who placed fourth with a total of 2,249 votes. Because there are two at-large seats on the school board to be filled, the top four vote-getters will advance to the general election scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Ultimately, voters will determine which two candidates will be elected to the two at-large seats.

The recount will be administered by Grace Wachlarowicz, assistant city clerk and director of Elections and Voter Services. It will involve physically sorting and counting all 29,129 ballots from the 125 precincts in Minneapolis. A total of 10 recount teams made up of election judges and staff will count the ballots. Each counting team will be composed of two election judges and one staff member who will actually do the physical sorting of ballots. The City intends to complete the entire recount on Tuesday, and anticipates the process may require up to eight hours, including working through the noon lunch hour.

Elections & Voter Services
City Hall, 350 S. 5th St., Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55415