“Elections…well, that’s an easy job…only gotta work a couple days a year, huh?!”
Few individuals outside of our Elections “family” know how much work really goes into every election. Preparation begins months in advance. With less than a week to go before Election Day, we’re only now wrapping up the last rounds of equipment testing and finalizing the materials to pack for the polls.
On Tuesday, Oct. 28, the Public Accuracy Test (PAT) was held at the Elections warehouse at 10 am—a time to randomly and publicly test the ballot counters and AutoMARKs used in polling places for accuracy. Prior to this final test, the Elections team devoted many hours to other tasks to ensure a smooth, error-free Election Day, including:
Testing results and materials are considered part of the election and must be held for 22 months, as with the ballots and other official materials from Election Day.
This is just a sampling of the work that our team of full-time and seasonal workers perform in preparation for Election Day—and doesn’t even address the countless hours of election judge recruitment and scheduling, nor the hours devoted to materials, preparation, and training classes to help educate and assist thousands of election judges, nor the volumes of absentee voters being processed in-person and by mail.
Although most of this preparation, training, and testing is largely unseen by and unknown to our voters, we hope this work leads to a completely uneventful and unremarkable day for voters casting their ballots in Minneapolis—as well as for the judges and all of us at City Hall!
Elections & Voter Services
City Hall, 350 S. 5th St., Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55415