by Dennis Dalman
The official voting totals for positions on the city council from the Nov. 8 general election in Sartell were accepted and approved by the council at its Nov. 14 meeting.
Sixty-five percent of eligible voters in the city voted in that election, compared to 85 percent in 2020 and 72 percent in 2018. The 65 percent of voters was on par with the national average, said Rob Voshell, Sartell’s finance director.
Of the people who voted, 442 of them registered on election day. Before the polls opened on Nov. 8, 11,862 names of voters were already on the registration rolls. The number of accepted ballots from the military and other mail-in ballots totaled 1,799. Those numbers brought the total number of ballots to 7,983.
In the City of Sartell, Mayor Ryan Fitzthum, running unopposed, received 6,209 votes. There were 160 write-in votes for mayor.
City council incumbent member Tim Elness garnered 3,682 votes, and newcomer Jed Meyer received 3,146 votes. The other contenders who were not elected are Bradley C. Gunderson and Stacy Lundeen.