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Final results in for the Decorah Municipal Electric vote.

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UPDATE: The recount board met this morning at the Winneshiek County Courthouse and conducted the recount of the ballots cast in the May 1 Decorah Referendum on the Municipal Electric Utility.  The final results are:

Yes – 1382

No – 1385

The recount board found the 2 ballots originally recorded as an “undervote” and an “overvote” and determined the voters’ intent to be yes on both of those ballots. Thereby increasing the yes vote by 2 from the canvass held at Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.


As it stands right now, Decorah's proposal to form its own Municipal Electric Utility (MEU) has failed by just 4 votes.  1384---1380.

There are currently 1,384 votes against the plan to pursue a local municipal electric utility, and 1,380 votes in favor.

But, Winneshiek County Auditor, Ben Steines, says there are still 15 absentee ballots yet to be counted. 

Steines says,  for an absentee ballot to be counted as an official vote, it must have been postmarked by April 30, and must arrive at his office prior to the official canvas of the vote, scheduled for noon, next Monday.

Alliant Energy is Decorah's current utility provider, but its franchise is coming up for renewal.

A yes vote Tuesday would have authorized the City of Decorah to establish a Municipal Electric Utility. The Iowa Utility Board would decide if a MEU is in the best interest of the City of Decorah

A no vote stops the MEU process from moving forward at this point.

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