Emmer, Republicans Petition State Supreme Court Over Recount

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Michael Brodkorb when he was MN GOP Deputy Party Chair

Click on photo of Michael Brodkorb to watch discussion about legal fees related to his firing from the MN Senate

Michael Brodkorb, MN GOP Deputy Party Chair

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)

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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