Stopped by City Hall this morning. Elex folks saying that counting will begin at noon. Mayor's race will take several hours, possible finalized by late afternoon.
Vote counting for second and third choices, where required, will begin after noon at City Hall, with no public access other than a live video streeam from elsewhere in City Hall.
News from the Betsy Hodges campaign: "Today beginning at 4:00 p.m., mayoral candidate and City Council Member Betsy Hodges will join her staff, volunteers and supporters for a viewing party at 612 Brew ... to watch as the results of the mayoral election come in. When a final result comes in, Betsy will address the attendees."
Hodges at 28962 remains well short of needed 40,051 threshold for election, with elimination of write-in votes next.
Turns out that first posting but election counters didn't reallocate any votes but merely a normalizing of totals, establishing an official base. Threshold for election now is 39,708. Elimination now proceeds.
City count shows 686 voters didn't register a preference for mayor. That's why election threshold drops from 40,051 to 39,708. Hodges needs 10,746 more; Andrew 17,060.
Jon asks why the count started so late (noon) Election workers were up past midnight and need sleep too.
Bill asks the process for determining a winner in wards 5,9, 13. They follow mayoral count, likely starting Thursday. Ward 13 will be the first ward among those without a clear winner to be counted, followed by 9 and then 5.
SECOND ROUND: In the second round of reallocation, the city assigned votes from write-in ballots: Betsy Hodges gained 21 votes. Mark Andrew gained 16.
Here's what happened so far:
Round 1 eliminates the people who didn't cast a vote for mayor and moves up the second and third choices of those who didn't select a first choice.
Round 2 eliminates write-in votes, since they didn't pre-register as required. That just happened.
Now the actual reallocation of those without a mathematical chance. That's next. Situation is fluid and explanations keep changing. Threshold is still 39,708.
Doubting Thomas asks about 64 percent of voters wanting someone else. I asked Jeanne Massey of FairVote MN for reaction.
She says those 64 percent also wanted someone else, as expressed in their second and third votes.
That's like the traditional system, in which a voter may express a primary choice who doesn't make it to the general election.
The general election choice is their second preference, just like in ranked-choice, except it all happens in one election.
THIRD ROUND: Of the 38 votes reallocated, 1 additional vote goes to Betsy Hodges. Mark Andrew gained 4 votes. Doug Mann gained 5 votes from the elimination of John Charles Wilson.