Olson leads Vene in District 2 contest, Thayer leads Gould in Ward 1 race

The unofficial Election Results for some local races have changed, due to a mix-up with the Secretary of State’s Office website.

According to Beltrami County Administrator Kay Mack, Auditor-Treasurer JoDee Treat reported that absentee ballots cast in the City of Bemidji were counted but not transmitted properly to the Secretary of State.

Those ballots were included in the unofficial results by Wednesday afternoon. Audrey Thayer leads Joe Gould by nearly 70 votes in the City’s Ward 1 contest, and Reed Olson leads Joe Vene by a few hundred votes in the County’s District 2 race.

While the added ballots closed the gap in other contests, the results largely remain the same.

The results have yet to be canvassed, so they are still unofficial until then.

View the latest numbers on Bemidji Now’s Election 2020 Results page.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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