No change in election result
One by one, Faribault County Auditor/treasurer John Thompson sorted primary election ballots into three piles for more than one hour.
After election judges Liz Boettcher and Trish Gjere recounted them, the result was the same.
There was no change in Al Travis Thielfoldt’s two-vote margin of victory – 175 to 173 – over Milton Steele in the District 2 commissioner’s race.
Thielfoldt now moves on to the November general election to face Greg Young, who was the top vote-getter in the Aug. 10 primary with 289 votes.
“It was lackluster. You could tell what the voters wanted. I think it shows we have a pretty darn good system,” Thielfoldt said at the end of the recount.
On Friday, Aug. 13, Steele decided to have a recount after being encouraged by Thielfoldt during a telephone conversation the night before.
Steele’s hopes hinged on seven undervotes — where persons did not vote for any of the four candidates — and two overvotes, where more than one vote was cast.
With just Verona Township’s 97 votes and one undervote to be recounted, Steele realized what the final outcome was going to be.
“It looks like you’re in Al,” Steele told Thielfoldt.