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

Mohamud Noor Photo: Courtesy votenoor.com
Mohamud Noor

November 13, 2017 05:40 PM

The candidate who finished second in last week's Ward 6 Minneapolis City Council election has filed a formal request for a recount with the city clerk.

Mohamud Noor finished second to incumbent Abdi Warsame in last week's election. Warsame finished with 50 percent of the vote. Noor received 47 percent.

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The unofficial margin of victory was 239 votes.

Election results will be certified by the City Council, which serves as the canvassing board, on Wednesday. Once that is done, recount requests can then be considered.

"I am seeking a manual recount for all ballots cast in all the precincts in Ward 6, including precincts, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, 6-5, 6-7, 6-8, and 6-9," reads the request, in part. "I am also seeking to review all voted ballots that were not counted in the official canvass, including unopened rejected vote-by-mail (“VBM”), in person absentee voting, undervotes or partially defective, totally defective, or spoiled ballots and any other materials related to uncounted or rejected ballots."

Minneapolis City Clerk Casey Carl confirmed the request has been received. KSTP has reached out to both Noor and Warsame for comment.

Noor cited a previous statement in which he alleged illegal voting behavior in last week's race. 

That statement read:

"We are deeply grateful to all of our supporters for their work this year to bring a progressive voice to Ward 6. Last night we won in every precinct and earned twice as many votes as our opponent.

"Despite this, our opponent currently holds a small lead which we believe resulted from alleged illegal behavior including bringing voters from outside Minneapolis to participate in our elections, and campaigning at multiple poll locations. Many locations had more people voting from that address than could lawfully occupy the residence.

We will fight to make sure every vote is counted, and the numerous irregularities that were reported are fully investigated."

Stay tuned to KSTP.com and 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS for more details.

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