MASON CITY, Iowa- Election officials in Cerro Gordo County have started counting absentee ballots.
On Monday, 21 bipartisan officials helped count the ballots. Cerro Gordo County deputy auditor Sandy Shonka said there were 8,200 ballots turned in.
Shonka said they did a lot of preparation work for Election Day, when the ballots will be scanned. “So first thing tomorrow morning they’ll confirm the count again, then they’ve got the ballot to separate from the secrecy envelope, back fold it and flatten them out, and that positions them well to be ready to enter those ballots [in the scanners].”
In Olmsted County, election officials tell KIMT News 3 around 14,000 ballots have been counted so far.