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Minnesota election officials prepare for scrutiny on voting, election results

Republicans are recruiting new poll workers and training them to document and lodge complaints


November 7, 2022

Anthony Souffle, Star Tribune

Election judge Cheryl Nelson and Brooklyn Park elections administration staffer George Bonnell compared the machine's results with a spreadsheet key during a public accuracy test on voting machines Nov. 2 at the Brooklyn Park Water Treatment Plant.

A small group gathered at the Brooklyn Park Water Treatment plant last week to do the painstaking work of preparing for a statewide election.

Local officials fed paper ballots into machines, marking some incorrectly to make sure the equipment caught the errors. Workers carefully checked the results against a spreadsheet. These accuracy tests, which happen across the state before any election, are open to the public but usually sparsely attended.

"It can be a little boring," admitted Ginny Gelms, the elections director for Hennepin County. "Sometimes people show up and they're like, 'OK, I've seen enough.'"


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