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Hennepin County post-election review shows voting machines are pretty good

After hand-counting about 14,000 votes from 13 randomly chosen Hennepin County precincts today, the results from the machine tally and the human hand tally were pretty darn close.

As part of a state-mandated post-election review, the state’s largest county executed a mini-recount today.

Hennepin County Elections Manager Rachel Smith told MinnPost Monday night that of the 14,000 votes counted today, DFLer Mark Dayton picked up three on his side of the ledger, and Republican candidate Tom Emmer lost two votes.

So, Dayton netted five votes in this test run of what a hand recount might deliver when it begins on Nov. 29.

With canvassing of election machines completed, Emmer picked up about 100 votes out of 2.1 million cast. He trails Dayton by 8,755, according to the secretary of state’s official website.

A full, official report of Hennepin County’s post-election review will be posted soon at the county’s elections website, Smith said.

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