Recount in Ward 6 Minneapolis City Council Race Underway

Mohamud Noor Photo: Courtesy votenoor.com
Mohamud Noor

November 28, 2017 11:50 AM

Election officials in Minneapolis began recounting ballots cast in the race for the City Council seat in Ward 6 Tuesday morning.

The recount began at 9 a.m. at the Early Vote Center, with the head election official, her deputies and staff all taking an oath. Boxes of ballots were rolled out one-by-one, as the workers began to count all 7,397 votes by hand.

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RELATED: City of Minneapolis Informs Noor Cost of Ward 6 Council Recount $7,000

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

The unofficial margin of victory was 239 votes.

RELATED: Second-Place Ward 6 Minneapolis City Council Candidate Files Recount Request

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.

Minneapolis City Clerk Casey Carl said a manual recount usually leads to minor differences, but he didn't anticipate a different outcome. Nevertheless, the process is very careful and calculated.

"The challengers from each of the campaigns are available to be there and because of that we want to make sure that we're respectful for both sides," Carl said. "That's why we're very focused and intent on counting the ballots the way the voter intended them to be counted."

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