Today’s UpTake: MN Supreme Court to Rule on GOP Challenge

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Some time this morning we’ll learn whether the Minnesota Supreme Court will acquiesce to the petition the Republican Party filed last week and hold hearings today at 2:30 p.m. that, the Democrats allege, could delay the state-mandated gubernatorial recount, which is scheduled to begin next Monday, Nov. 29. DFL’er Mark Dayton currently holds an 8,755-vote lead over the GOP’s Tom Emmer, a number that has changed by no more than 101 votes since election day on Nov. 2. Just before a Supreme Court filing deadline Friday afternoon, the Dayton team filed a brief defending the integrity of Minnesota’s election and urging the Court to disregard the Republican petition. A host of Minnesota counties, including Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka and Dakota counties, also called on the Court to drop the matter, which sought to correct alleged errors and omissions regarding the number of ballots counted in the Nov. 2 election.

Also today, Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol in collaboration with the Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance, where they will unveil the results of a survey sent to Minnesota’s county attorneys to learn about their investigations of ineligible voting and prosecutions of voter fraud based on the 2008 elections. The UpTake will broadcast this live. If the Minnesota Supreme Court decides to hold hearings today at 2:30, we’ll carry that live too. And tomorrow the State Canvassing Board will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss next week’s recount plan.

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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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