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MINNEAPOLIS MAYOR: Waiting for (official) winner

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Minneapolis had no election night winner in its mayoral race, so votes are now being sorted and redistributed by the ranked choice voting system.

VIEW MINNEAPOLIS ELECTION RESULTS

Betsy Hodges claimed 28,935 first place votes Tuesday, with Mark Andrew getting 19,584. No other candidate had more than 10,000 first place votes out of the 80,101 ballots cast.

On Wednesday night, Betsy Hodges claimed victory, but the presumed mayor-elect still needed roughly 10,000 votes as the ranked-choice tabulations continued late into Wednesday night.

VIDEO: Tom Lyden opens Reporter's Notebook on mayoral race

Counting the votes has been a tedious and time-consuming process. Election officials won't be able to announce an official winner until Thursday at the earliest.

STEPS TO DECLARE A WINNER

- Read-only discs of race data received from Hennepin County officials

- Data uploaded into computer systems

- Tabulator teams sort data in Excel spreadsheet

- Data parsed to create 1st, 2nd and 3rd rankings

- The candidates who cannot mathematically proceed will be eliminated, with votes reallocated

- All write-in candidates will be eliminated, as no write-ins had the votes to move forward

- Remaining candidates who cannot win will be eliminated from the bottom up, and their 2nd and 3rd-choice votes will be reallocated

- The process will repeat until one candidate secures 39,708 votes

Video: City official explains tabulation

When asked why no computer program exists to process ranked-choice voting information, Minneapolis Casey Carl gave the following explanation: "There may be, but there are several laws that say we have to use a voting system that has been certified according to federal and state standards, and the federal and state don't have standards for ranked-choice voting.

"There are only 11 cities in the nation ... that use ranked-choice voting -- not even 1 percent," Carl continued. "So, there's no demand in the marketplace, and this equipment is developed by people in the private sector who are looking to make a profit."

RESULTS: Ranked-choice tabulation progress

WHAT IS RANKED CHOICE VOTING?

RCV is a way of voting that eliminates the need for separate primary elections. Voters rank up to three candidates for each municipal office. Each ballot has three columns and voters complete the ballot from left to right, indicating their first choice for each race in the first column, and a second and third candidate if they wish.

MAYORAL CANDIDATES

- Mark V. Anderson
- Merrill Anderson
- Mark Andrew
- Neal Baxter
- Troy Benjegerdes
- Alicia K. Bennett
- Edmund Bernard Bruyere
- Bob ‘Again' Carney Jr.
- Jackie Cherryhomes
- Christopher Clark
- Dan Cohen
- James Everett
- Bob Fine
- Cyd Gorman
- Mike Gould
- Kurtis W. Hanna
- John Leslie Hartwig
- Betsy Hodges
- Gregg A. Iverson
- Bill Kahn
- Jaymie Kelly
- Tony Lane
- Doug Mann
- Abdul M. Rahaman "The Rock"
- Joshua Rea
- Don Samuels
- Ole Savior
- Captain Jack Sparrow
- James "Jimmy" L. Stroud, Jr.
- Jeffrey Alan Wagner
- John Charles Wilson
- Cam Winton
- Stephanie Woodruff
- Rahn V. Workcuff
- Christopher Robin Zimmerman

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