Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton and Deputy Chairman Michael Brodkorb today announced that gubernatorial hopeful Tom Emmer and the state Party have filed a petition with the Minnesota Supreme Court asking the court to ensure that reconciliation has occurred in each of Minnesota’s 4,136 precincts. The petition includes affidavits from election judges throughout Minnesota who prepared or observed preparation of summary statements for their precincts and did not witness election judges count the names of individuals signing the polling roster or the names of individuals who registered to vote on Election Day.
In a press release today, Sutton and Broadkorb alleged that the 2008 election (which resulted in the Al Franken-Norm Coleman Senatorial recount) yielded between 17,000 and 30,000 more ballots than total voters, and proceeded to chastise Secretary of State Mark Ritchie for allegedly failing to match voter registration with canvassing board results to within a thousand. “Phantom votes have no place in the final vote count … Until reconciliation has been completed in each precinct, the legislatively mandated recount cannot begin,” said Sutton.
Emmer currently trails Democrat Mark Dayton by 8,755 votes.
MN GOP Petition To MN Supreme Court On Vote Totals (pdf)