Noor Campaign Claims Evidence of Voter Fraud in Ward 6 Election, to Ask Court for Review

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November 28, 2017 03:53 PM

The Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services Division reports the recount in the race for the City Council seat in Ward 6 has concluded after the campaign of challenger Mohamud Noor withdrew its challenge.

But Noor is now saying he plans to present evidence of voter fraud to the courts.

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Noor released a statement following the announcement saying his campaign would ask a court to review evidence he alleges his campaign has found of voting irregularities:

"After a preliminary review of the voter data which was provided to us last Friday, we have found evidence that at least one hundred people appear to have voted in our election who do not live in Ward 6."

Because a recount can not address these irregularities, we will bring this evidence to a court to determine what to do with these findings.

It is our responsibility to make sure that the integrity of our democracy is protected, and that these irregularities are fully investigated."

But the decision to withdraw the challenge ended the recount and means incumbent Abdi Warsame's victory will stand. The city canvassing board will meet at 9 a.m. Friday in the City Council Chambers to certify the result.

Election officials began recounting the votes at the city's Early Vote Center Tuesday morning. Boxes of ballots were rolled out one-by-one, as the workers began to count all 7,397 votes by hand.

Noor, the candidate who finished second, filed the formal recount request. Warsame had finished with 50 percent of the vote in the race. Noor received 47 percent.

The unofficial margin of victory was 239 votes.

RELATED: Recount in Ward 6 Minneapolis City Council Race Underway

The election was certified by the City Council, which serves as the canvassing board. Once that was completed, recount requests could be considered.

Noor was informed the cost of the recount will be $7,000, an amount that needed to be filed with the city before the recount could proceed. 

He has alleged illegal voting behavior in the race.

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