This information was updated in June, 2014.
Signed into law in 2004, Minnesota's statutes refer to their audit as a “postelection review.” The audit is both binding upon the official election results and can lead to a full recount. Note that Minnesota Statute (MS) 206.89(2a) provides that “No review is required under this section if the election for the office will be subject to a recount as provided in section 204C.35, subdivision 1.”
Unless otherwise noted, all citations below are to Section 206.89 of the Minnesota Revised Statutes, “Postelection Review of Voting Systems”: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=206.89.
2 to 4 precincts per county, or 3% of the precincts, depending on county size. One of the selected precincts from each county must have had more than 150 votes cast.
If a discrepancy greater than 1/2 of 1% is identified, three more precincts in that jurisdiction and must be audited within 2 days. If the expanded audit reveals a discrepancy greater than 1/2 of 1%, the review must expand to include the entire County. If the County-wide review reveals a discrepancy, and the number of voters in that county comprise at least 10% of voters for the affected race, a race-wide hand count must take place.
Must be completed within 7 days of the election