Moving with relative lightning speed, Minnesota’s Supreme Court will take up the issue raised by the Republican Party in Minnesota’s Gubernatorial race. The Republican Party alleges that the vote totals may not be correct because the voter sign in sheets were not properly reconciled with the number of votes cast. The court has asked the Republican Party to file its supporting evidence with the court by 1pm today and has given all interested parties including the Secretary of State, the State Canvassing Board, and candidates for Governor Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer until 4pm Friday to file a response.
The court may or may not hold oral arguments on the case Monday. The State Canvassing Board meets on Tuesday to approve the canvass totals.
The order was issued by Associate Justice Alan Page. Justices Paul H. Anderson and J.J. Stras did not participate in the decision and may have recused themselves from the case. Justices commonly decline to participate in a case if there is some real or perceived conflict of interest.