These unofficial election results are reported directly to the Office of the Secretary of State by the county auditors of Blue Earth, Dakota, Le Sueur, Waseca, Washington and Watonwan counties.
Sometimes media or others obtain vote totals directly from the precinct or local election office before those election results are reported to this website. Totals reported by media or others may differ from the results reported on this site after the polls close.
On February 13, 2018, the Dakota and Washington County Canvassing Boards will meet to canvass the returns of the Special Election for State Senator District 54 and the Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Waseca and Watonwan County Canvassing Boards will meet to canvass the returns of the Special Election for State Representative District 23B. The State Canvassing Board will meet on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 to canvass the results of the special elections.
If a recount is needed, a State Recount Official will be appointed to conduct the recount. The State Canvassing Board will then reconvene to receive the report of the Recount Official, and to resolve any remaining disputes about counting ballots for a candidate. The final vote totals from the recount may differ from the vote originally counted at the Canvassing Board. If so, the recounted total, as approved by the State Canvassing Board, will become the official election result.