Little change after Hennepin County vote review finishesby Tom Scheck, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Hennepin County Elections Manager Rachel Smith said the county has finished its post-election review and Democrat Mark Dayton picked up five votes on Republican Tom Emmer.
Smith said county elections officials did a hand recount of 14,000 ballots to ensure that the voting machines on Election Night were accurate. Smith said the review found that Dayton picked up three votes and Emmer lost two votes in the state's most populous county.
A couple of precincts reported a jammed ballot, Smith said, and added that there were some voter intent issues as well.
"We saw one or two ballots where the voter had marked below the target or had yes next to the candidate rather than filling in the oval completely," Smith said.
Smith said the post-election review also showed that county elections officials are prepared for a possible hand recount of all of the ballots in the race for governor. The State Canvassing Board will meet next week to order the recount, which is scheduled to start at sites throughout the state on November 29.