A candidate for Minneapolis City Council is demanding a recount.
It was a close race between City Council member Abdi Warsame and his challenger Mohamud Noor in the Ward 6 race, and now Noor wants all the votes recounted, City Clerk Casey Carl told GoMN.
The unofficial results show Noor got 239 fewer votes than Warsame, with Warsame clearing the threshold to win by 11 first-choice votes, so officials didn't have to count second- and third-choice votes, MPR News says.
Noor filed for a recount Monday.
The City Council is expected to certify the election results as official during a meeting Wednesday morning. After that happens, Noor's contest can be considered, Carl said. (State law says any voter can contest election results within seven days of them being certified.)
Why he wants a recount
Noor says he's seeking a manual recount (Minneapolis uses machines to tabulate ranked-choice ballots) for all ballots cast in Ward 6, as well as early and absentee ballots that weren't counted in the official canvass, FOX 9 reports.
In Ward 6, voter turnout was 47 percent, with 4,061 of those ballots (nearly 55 percent) cast absentee, which is much higher than the citywide absentee percentage of 11.3. (Voter turnout in all of Minneapolis was nearly 43 percent, which was surprisingly high for an off-year election.)
Noor has addressed alleged illegal voting activity during this year's election. In a statement on Facebook on Nov. 8, he said:
The next day, Noor posted on Facebook asking anyone who witnessed "inappropriate behavior" during the Ward 6 election to message them with details. He added that they've heard "numerous reports" of people voting even though they didn't live in Minneapolis, campaigning at polling places, and "other stories" that he didn't elaborate on.
A city spokesperson told FOX 9 that no formal complaints have been filed about the Ward 6 race.