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GOP, Emmer campaign file suit over alleged ‘foot dragging’ on election data

The Republican Party and Emmer for Governor campaign filed lawsuits in St. Louis and Pine counties today because county officials haven’t responded quickly enough to GOP Data Practices Act requests.

GOP Chairman Tony Sutton called it “unacceptable foot dragging.”

The GOP has been seeking data statewide about Election Day judges, absentee ballots and many other issues, all in search of possible voting irregularities.

Here are links to the  GOP’s St. Louis and Pine complaints.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 11/12/2010 - 01:02 pm.

    And so it starts….

  2. Submitted by Chris Lafler on 11/13/2010 - 12:33 pm.

    Counties are busy working to officially certify their election results prior to the State Canvassing Board meeting on Nov. 23rd, at which officials will certify the statewide vote totals – or order any recounts as required by law.

    Trimbel & Assoc. started making their requests Nov. 3, the day after the election. They sent more requests on Nov. 4.

    On Nov. 9, Trimbel himself wrote to the St. Louis Co. officials and threatened legal action if everything wasn’t provided to them by “close of business on Thursday, November 11, 2010”. (Some of you may recognize that date as Veteran’s Day, a Federal Holiday when nearly all government offices are CLOSED.)

    On Nov. 10, Deputy St. Louis Co. Administrator Gary Eckenberg replied to their demands with a 15 point summary of all the data requested and the statement:

    “As you are aware, the St. Louis County Auditor’s Office must accomplish a significant number of legal responsibilities associated with the 2010 General Election. Because of this, all of these requirements will be addressed prior to the dedication of staff and resources necessary to fulfill your request. We anticipate a response to your inquiry within fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of this letter. Should there be any problems in gathering the data you request, or a charge for the information, that will be communicated to you prior to proceeding with the request.”

    (In other words, the day after the State Canvassing Board meets to certify the totals.)

    On Nov. 11th, offices were closed.

    On Nov 12, Trimbel & Assoc. filed suit against St. Louis Co., apparently because St. Louis County is fulfilling their obligations under the law to the people on Minnesota FIRST, before dealing with Trimbel’s demands for what basically amounts to every scrap of paper potentially handled on election day.

    In their documents, Trimbel & Assoc. even manage to imply that because St. Louis Co. personnel didn’t immediately drop all of their (legally required) election work to fill Trimbell’s demands, they must somehow be colluding with the Dayton campaign.

    These lawsuits by Trimbel on behalf of the MN GOP and the Emmer campaign are nothing but an attempt to interfere with the elections process.

  3. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 11/14/2010 - 08:16 pm.

    “GOP Data Practices Act”

    What is it? And does it apply exclusively to the GOP and no one else?

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