Today’s UpTake: Cleared for Recount, Canvassing Board Meets

Recount Central

Recount Central

The Minnesota Supreme Court yesterday afternoon denied Tom Emmer and the Republican Party’s petition to delay the start of the gubernatorial recount, following legal hearings during which Emmer’s and Democrat Mark Dayton’s attorneys sparred over the question of whether vote totals must be reconciled with the number of signatures on voter logs. Now the state-mandated recount has been cleared to begin next Monday, with Dayton holding an 8,755-vote lead. But first, the Minnesota State Canvassing Board will meet today at 10 a.m. to discuss its plan for the upcoming recount. The UpTake will air the proceedings live from the State Office Building in St. Paul, and we expect also to broadcast a press conference afterward with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

Yesterday, The UpTake was all over the State Capitol grounds, covering the Citizens for Election Integrity’s morning press conference that dispelled any notion of voter fraud in 2008, speaking to 180 Degrees Inc.’s CEO Sarah Walker about the importance of giving ex-felons the right to vote, hearing the perspectives of Emmer attorney Tony Trimble and Dayton attorney Marc Elias following yesterday’s Supreme Court proceedings, and catching Dayton himself after he exited a meeting with new Democratic-Farm-Labor Congressional leaders Tom Bakk and Paul Thissen. We’ll be on the ground today too.

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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