'Frivolous' vote challenges in Minnesota: 35 for Dayton, 2,845 for Emmers
December 3rd, 2010
05:20 PM ET
11 years ago

'Frivolous' vote challenges in Minnesota: 35 for Dayton, 2,845 for Emmers

(CNN) - A report released Friday by Minnesota's secretary of state revealed that Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer "frivolously" challenged more than 80 times the number of ballots than his Democratic opponent, Mark Dayton.

According to the latest ballot counts, Dayton is leading Emmer by more than 10,000 votes. He held an 8,752-vote lead after the November 2 elections.

The report indicates that local officials deemed 35 of Dayton's ballot challenges "frivolous," which prevents them from being sent to the state canvassing board for further review. By comparison, 2,845 of Emmer's challenges were overruled.

Dayton's campaign withdrew their challenges for the 35 ballots that officials deemed frivolous, and a spokesperson said it was "disappointing" that Emmer's campaign challenged so many.

"It's a waste of time and taxpayer resources at a time when there's work of the people that needs to get done," Dayton spokeswoman Denise Cardinal told CNN. "Today Emmer himself said he didn't expect to win the recount, so it seems they're just delaying the seating of Mark Dayton."

Emmer issued a statement Friday bringing into question the issue of reconciliation–more ballots than voters–and playing down the results of the hand recount.

"We have called into question a number of issues that have yet to be completely adjudicated," Emmer said. "The question of the number of legal voters matching the number of ballots casted has yet to answered."

"It has never been our contention that the hand recount would dramatically change the course of this election," he added.

Emmer also said that he not currently planning on contesting the results of the recount.

The state canvassing board will meet late next week to review the challenged ballots not deemed frivolous and issue the results of the recount.

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  1. Sniffit

    Just wait. Emmer is now going to mount a ridiculous challenges based on magical thinking, mountains of snorted pixie dust and paranoid delusions of voter fraud conspiracies etc etc etc. and then bring it all to court when he loses on that. It's a charade. He knows he lost. The game is to keep that jackhole Polenta in office to have a legislative orgy with the newly elected Republica-controlled MN legislature.

    December 3, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Wolfe

    Just proves that Republicans are ... frivolous.

    December 3, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. Shock, shock

    A Republican trying to cheat? Say it isn't so!

    December 3, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. Rickster

    lol....democrats are such hypocritical simpletons......ballot challenges are just fine when it is a fat gasbag democrat making the challenges(Fat Albert Gore) but when it's a republican, well then, it's just a waste of time.

    December 3, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. resolaru

    so i guess the republicans are for lawsuits after they were against lawsuits? ah, the fox mushrooms. kept in the dark and fed...........

    December 3, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. Linda from Minnesota

    Both he and Pawlenty just need to go away.

    December 3, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Pretzel Logic

    The entire recount is frivolous. Emmer LOST.

    December 3, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. guest123

    He's an amateur compared to Norm Coleman and a complete and utter novice compared to Joe Miller.

    December 3, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |