New procedures in place for Minnesota recount
November 29th, 2010
02:10 PM ET
12 years ago

New procedures in place for Minnesota recount

(Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET with statement from Emmers' campaign.)

(CNN) - After a treacherous eight month long recount and legal battle to determine the fate of the Norm Coleman-Al Franken Senate race in 2008, Minnesota elections officials will seek to run a swifter recount beginning Monday to determine the winner of the state's gubernatorial race.

Republican state lawmaker Tom Emmer trails former Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton by just 8,751 votes, or fewer than half of one percent of the 2.1 million votes cast.

The recount began Monday at 9 a.m. CT and the state elections office will convene the state canvassing board, which is comprised of a group of judges and the secretary of state, on December 8, 9 and 10 to review the results and rule on votes challenged by either candidate. The board will render its decision on December 14, according to Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

Unlike in 2008, all of Minnesota's 87 counties started counting votes at once, reducing the time it takes to complete the recount from 49 days to just 14, according to Ritchie. Local election officials have also been empowered to strike down frivolous vote challenges, which plagued the canvassing board two years ago.

Dayton's recount spokeswoman, Denise Cardinal, said the former senator's campaign has nearly 2,000 volunteers including an attorney in every county on Monday to oversee the recount proceedings and challenge votes.

Ritchie said the state has learned its lesson from 2008.

"The reports from this morning…have been very positive," Ritchie told CNN. "It feels like those changes are working."

In a statement to CNN, Emmers campaign spokesman Carl Kuhl said, "We have hundreds of volunteers throughout the state that have attended dozens of training sessions over the last couple of weeks."

"All of our volunteers have been trained to aggressively uphold the recount rules and Minnesota election law."

In addition to the gubernatorial race, state officials will recount ballots in three state house races.

(Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET with comments from secretary of state and Dayton spokesperson)

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. T'sah from Virginia

    Here's another RepubliCAN'T who believes that the election in 2010 is all about THEM!!! Just like "Miller High Life" in AK and all other Repubs who are still counting!!! The election is NOT about you – it’s about BALANCE and in 2012, it all goes the other way!!

    Get over it – you lost!

    November 29, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Take America Back from the Libs

    Up Oh.....another "loose end" left from McCain!

    November 29, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    I am sure they will find some union bosses Chevy Impala with a bag full of ballots marked for the Democrat that they will cound like they did for that idiot Al Franken, it is the democrat liberal way.

    November 29, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Jude

    Emmer is a moron, the numbers are way too large to reverse and he's just buying time for the new senate to let bills fly past, while Pawlenty is still on board.

    November 29, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Republican state lawmaker Tom Emmer trails former Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton by just 8,751 votes, or fewer than half of one percent of the more than 2 million votes cast."

    I respectfully disagree, CNN. 8,751 votes is a HUGE hurdle for Republican Emmer to overcome. I suspect that after Emmer's lawyers are through dragging their lawsuits out, Dayton will be declared the winner. Meanwhile, I would caution Pawlenty from enacting any up and coming GOPer State Legislation ... especially if Pawlenty is serious about a presidential run in 2012. Appearances mean everything, and capitalizing on partisan State politics will break the Pawlenty "moderate" persona Pawlenty was so proud to embrace in 2002, and has attempted to shy away from since. Unfortunately for him, he will need the moderate votes come 2012.

    November 29, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |