The proposed recount schedule for Minnesota’s Governors race is more aggressive than the one that was followed for the last statewide recount in 2008. Minnesota’s Secretary of State has noted that frivolous challenges for stray marks on ballots will be fewer because state law is more specific. That is expected to speed up the process both at the county canvassing board level and the State Canvassing Board. The recount could be completed and the results certified before Christmas. The 2008 US Senate recount was not complete until December 30th. The 2008 result was challenged in court by losing candidate Norm Coleman and the resulting trial dragged on for months leaving Minnesota without a Senator. The difference between Coleman and eventual winner Senator Al Franken was just 312 votes. Unofficial results show Dayton ahead by more than 8,000 votes with fewer votes cast than in 2008. If Emmer should lose a recount and still be thousands of votes behind, it would be very hard for him to make up the difference, even if rejected absentee ballots are brought into play since
From the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
Announces Proposed Timeline of a Statewide Recount in 2010 Gubernatorial Election
ST. PAUL, Minn.-Nov. 5, 2010-The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State released a proposed recount schedule to be followed should a recount in the 2010 gubernatorial election be required by law and approved by the State Canvassing Board when it meets on Nov. 23. Minnesota law (Minnesota Statutes 204C.35) requires a hand recount when the vote margin between candidates for state, judicial or federal office is less than one-half of one percent. Election results remain unofficial until certified by the State Canvassing Board.
Initial meeting of the State Canvassing Board:
November 23, 2010: 10 a.m.
Room 10, State Office Building, St. Paul
certification of election results
determination of the need for any automatic recounts
designation of state recount official
adoption of a recount plan
Recount begins at locations around the state:
November 29, 2010 9 a.m.
(Locations to be decided)
Deadline for deputy recount officials to finish sorting the ballots:
December 7, 2010
State Canvassing Board meetings:
December 8, 2010 9 a.m.
December 9, 2010 9 a.m.
December 10, 2010 1 p.m.
(Location to be decided)
certification of any recounts in state House races
determination of challenged ballots in the gubernatorial recount
State Canvassing Board meeting:
December 14, 2010 (time and location to be decided)
certification of gubernatorial election