Election results

Tuesday, Nov. 3 marked an Election Day like no other. 

The coronavirus has marred much of 2020 and the general election was no exception. Approximately half of voters in Scott and Dakota counties cast their votes via absentee ballots — an effort to curve attendance at the polls and slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

In Scott County, approximately 48,600 absentee ballots were requested and as of Sunday, about 41,300 had been accepted, according to the election office. 

Jordan Vote Here 2020

Jordan residents who chose to vote in-person did so at the Community Education and Recreation Center on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

In 2018, a record-setting 13,000 absentee ballots were cast, and around 12,000 residents voted by absentee in the 2016 election, Scott County Auditor Cindy Geis said.

Early estimates: Approximately half of Scott County to cast an absentee vote

In Carver County, Elections Supervisor Kendra Olson said more than half of the county's 70,000 registered voters had already filled out a ballot as of Monday. 

“We’ve never had anything remotely like this as far as this type of number,” Olson said, noting the high participation.

Olson said the county issued over 36,000 absentee ballots this time around, 4,000 of which hadn’t come back as of early this week.

While absentee ballots have helped to reduce crowds, they are throwing election results for a loop. While some were clear after polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, others may not be until Wednesday or next week. 

I Voted sticker

A Carver County voter sports her “I Voted” sticker on a face mask after waiting in a long line.

The results released on Election Day are considered "incomplete unofficial results," according to election officials. 

Absentee ballots received after Election Day are set aside and not currently included in results. The courts and the Secretary of State's office will determine whether those ballots will be included in the complete official results.

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that Minnesota absentee ballots arriving after Election Day should be separated from other ballots in case they are later invalidated by a final court order. The ruling doesn’t block Minnesota’s seven-day extension for counting absentee ballots outright, but puts the grace period in danger, according to the Associated Press. 

The Associated Press called Democrat Joe Biden as the unofficial winner of Minnesota Tuesday evening in the U.S. presidential race against President Donald Trump. With 80 of 87 counties reporting results shortly before midnight Tuesday, Biden had received 54.33% of the vote compared to Trump's 43.36%. There were nearly 3.6 million voters registered in Minnesota as of 7 a.m. Tuesday. 

Scott County's unofficial vote tallies arrived during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 5. 

Click through the links below to explore local election results. This page will be updated as tallies become available. 

Carver County Election Results

Minnesota House of Representatives 

Minnesota State Senate 

School District 112 Board





Carver County Board of Commissioners 

Scott County Election Results 

Minnesota House of Representatives 

Minnesota State Senate


Prior Lake 



Scott County Board of Commissioners 

Results were compiled from the Minnesota Secretary of State. 

Reporters Amy Felegy and Christine Schuster contributed to this report. 

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