Solid voter turnout, no hiccups in Mpls.

8:02 PM, Nov 5, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- As of about 6 p.m., there have been no major problems reported at the polls, according to Minneapolis election officials.

Anissa Hollingshead, Director of Voter Outreach with Minneapolis, said voting has been going as expected. The only issue that the city reported was that a new voting tabulation machine had to be swapped out.

"No major issues, it's been very smooth thus far. We've got solid turnout throughout the day, pretty steady in most of our polling places," said Hollingshead.

According to Hollingshead, voter turnout has been between 35 and 45 percent in Minneapolis.

There were no federal or state wide elections on Tuesday, but plenty of Minnesotans turned out for local municipal races.

City officials said that there were more poll workers on hand on Tuesday, that was in response to be understaffed during the 2012 presidential election.

It's not the a presidential year, but Minneapolis is crowning a new Mayor, and the pool to choose from was bigger than normal.

There are 35 candidates for mayor. Voters were asked to rank a first, second and third choice when they went to the polls. It's the first time the mayor's race has used ranked-choice voting.

Polls will close at 8 p.m. Results are expected to start coming in at about 9 p.m. The first choice votes will be counted on Tuesday night. If a single candidate earns more than 50 percent of the vote, they will be declared the winner.

There is no automated process for tabulating second and third choices, so those counts, if necessary, will be done manually on Wednesday using Microsoft Excel.

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