Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor electors:
10 for Barack Obama and Joe Biden


  • Arthur Anderson, Albert Lea
  • Bill Davis, Brooklyn Park
  • Jim Gremmels, Glenwood
  • Benjamin Gross, Eagan
  • Dave Lee, Minneapolis
  • Matthew Little, Minneapolis
  • Al Patton, Sartell
  • Jackie Stevenson, Minnetonka
  • Joan Wittman, St. Paul
  • Donyta Wright, Biwabik

Alternate electors:

  • Kristen Denzer, Minneapolis
  • Rod Halvorson, St. Paul
  • Carol Just, St. Louis Park
  • Susan Moravec, Shakopee
  • Mari Pokornowski, Cokato
  • Faith Rud, Warren
  • Katherine Speer, Elgin
  • Karen Strike, Isanti
  • Russell Warren, Mounds View

Fun facts after the jump.

New Rules for 2008:

After the 2004 election, when an unidentified Minnesota elector voted for John Ewards instead of John Kerry for president, some changes were enacted:

  • The Minnesota electors no longer vote by secret ballot. We’ll be required to verbally announce our votes and to display our ballots before tendering them.
    (Believe me, this won’t be a problem for any DFL elector. I can’t think of anything cooler than showing the world my ballot for President Barack Obama. What an honor.)
  • If an elector votes against the statewide popular-vote winner, they get the boot; their vote is thrown away; and an alternate gets promoted. No more of this “faithless elector” business.
  • This idea of alternate electors is new in Minnesota this year. Actually, I don’t know of any other state that names alternates.

The Minnesota popular vote (unofficial numbers from the Minnesota Secretary of State as of 11/9/08):

  • Barack Obama and Joe Biden: 1573288, 54.06%
  • John McCain and Sarah Palin: 1275392, 43.82%
  • All other candidates: 61593, 2.12%

4 thoughts on “Minnesota electors 2008

  1. Hey Dave,

    I just noticed this- there are 7 male electors and 3 female electors, so does that mean no gender balance for electors? Now there are 7 female alternates and 3 male alternates, but for some reason I was thinking that it had to be 5 and 5 for both electors and alternates. But you are the expert in all these matters, so I will await your response. 🙂


  2. Hi Kristen,

    In the DFL, gender balance comes into play for multiple-seat positions that are filled as a group, like State Central Committee members and district directors.

    But the electors are not nominated as one group. They’re nominated separately by nine different party units (the eight CDs and the State Convention). Each convention does its thing independently without trying to gender balance what was done in other districts.

    Of course, as you noted, we do end up with gender balance among the electors and alternates as a whole group. This is because the elector nominee and alternate from each convention have to be gender balanced.

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