A coalition of three non-party-related, good-government groups will be watching the gubernatorial recount with about 150 trained observers.
Citizens for Election Integrity (CEIMN), the League of Women Voters Minnesota (LWV) and Common Cause Minnesota will reprise the effort they organized in 2008 when they observed the U.S. Senate recount of Norm Coleman and Al Franken.
“While the campaigns will be making sure that every vote for their candidate is counted, we will be ensuring that the votes are counted and tallied accurately and fairly,” said Laura Fredrick Wang, the LWV’s Minnesota public policy coordinator.
CEIMN, led by Mark Halvorson, has a history of solid election observation and data collecting. Its database on recounts is a treasure trove of information about state laws across the country.
And its report on the 2008 recount (PDF) shows the remarkable accuracy of voting machines in Minnesota.
At a Capitol news conference today, Common Cause Executive Director Mike Dean said that election fraud in Minnesota is a “myth,” but leaders from all three groups allowed that independent observers of the 87-county recount could help shed “sunshine” on the otherwise partisan process.
The groups hope to cover most counties with their observers, and will be having observers blogging from various recount sites to report problems.
The recount is set to begin Nov. 29.