Board to determine whether write-ins can be counted

A canvassing board will have to decide whether to identify the vote count for candidates receiving write-ins in Minot’s mayoral election, according to Ward County Auditor Devra Smestad.

Smestad said identifying write-ins isn’t required if the outcome of an election wouldn’t be affected. According to state law, a write-in candidate can request a count only in a very close contest.

The canvassing board meets Monday to review Tuesday’s unofficial election results, which are available on the North Dakota Secretary of State’s website for most ballot items. Some smaller towns are not included on the website. Smestad said the county has made efforts to deliver unofficial results to the city auditor offices. The county will have the full list of official election results available after canvassing on Monday.

The canvassing board meets at 9 a.m. in the Ward County Courthouse.