Today’s UpTake: Recount Focus on County Canvassing Boards

A statewide recount for Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer is very possible.

This morning at 10 a.m., canvassing boards in Hennepin County, St. Louis County and Scott County will meet, respectively, in Minneapolis, Duluth and Shakopee to discuss their gubernatorial recount efforts. Hennepin County held a press conference on Friday to discuss its ballot security measures. We at The UpTake will do our best to bring you live coverage of the Hennepin County Canvassing Board meeting today. That’s right, the Dayton-Emmer-Horner governor’s race that seemingly ended last week has now turned into the Dayton-Emmer statewide recount. Democrat Mark Dayton currently leads Republican Tom Emmer by 8,749 votes, or less than 0.42 percent. Emmer picked up 26 votes during Friday’s canvassing, but he has a long way to go to catch Dayton. If that figures remains below 0.5 percent, then an automatic statewide recount will proceed. An aggressive timeline has been set for the 2010 recount — likely much faster than the 2008 Franken-Coleman ordeal.

Later today we’ll bring you coverage of Congressman Keith Ellison announcing new affordable housing legislation, alongside Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan at the Homes for All Conference in St. Paul. And stay tuned Tuesday and Wednesday as we cover county canvassing boards gear up for the expected gubernatorial recount in Anoka, Goodhue, Chisago, Winona, Olsted, Ramsey and Dakota Counties. Follow our up-to-date recount tally on the The UpTake here.

Did you catch The UpTake’s coverage late last week of the Minnesota GOP announcing its new senate majority leader? Meanwhile, the Republicans’ new house speaker sounds a lot like Tom Emmer on budget and social issues. We also met the new Democratic-Farm-Labor leaders, who now find themselves in the minority party. Senator Minority Leader Tom Bakk and House Minority Leader
Paul Thissen discussed
how Democrats will attempt to reconnect with voters. We also covered Twin Cities activists protesting the September FBI raids and appealing to Congressman Keith Ellison for help on Friday, and marching for the rights of retail cleaning workers on Saturday.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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