A recount for the August 10, 2021 special election for Mayor of Brooklyn Park was held on August 19, 2021. Lisa Jacobson who had won on August 10 by one vote increased her margin to two votes. Photo: Tom Gitaa/Mshale
A recount for the August 10, 2021 special election for Mayor of Brooklyn Park was held on August 19, 2021. Lisa Jacobson who had won on August 10 by one vote increased her margin to two votes. Photo: Tom Gitaa/Mshale

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. – Unofficial results of a total recount in the August 10 Brooklyn Park special election for mayor in which Lisa Jacobson won by one vote, shows Jacobson gaining one additional vote to make the final result 3,416 to Hollies Winston’s 3,414.

The Winston campaign has challenged five votes while the Jacobson campaign is challenging two ballots.

Lisa Jacobson, right, who beat Hollies Winston, left, by one vote on August 10, 2021 increased her margin to two votes after a manual recount on August 19, 2021.

The City Council acts as the Board of Certification and will meet on at a special meeting on Monday, August 23, 2021 to hear the challenges and certify the elections. Lisa Jacobson who is a sitting councilwoman will not sit in the special meeting.

In the August 10 results, there was one over vote, meaning the voter voted for both candidates. After today’s recount, it appears the over vote was awarded to Jacobson. The recount now shows there are no over votes.

After the recount, the number of write-ins remained the same as on election day at 26.

About Tom Gitaa

Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation. Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. Tom also served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. He retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on half marathons.

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