The recount petition filed Wednesday by Republicans in the Minnesota governor’s race will be quickly considered by the state Supreme Court.
All filings in the case are due to the court by 4 p.m. Friday and, if needed, oral arguments will be Monday, the court said.
The state Republican Party and candidate Tom Emmer’s campaign said they want to know if votes were properly reconciled in each precinct — that is, whether election judges determined if the number of voters signing the register was equal to the number of votes counted. They say in the 2008 election, there were tens of thousands more votes than voters.
The court’s order (PDF) this morning says:
“Petitioner alleges that in determining the number of ballots to be counted in the 2010 general election, some local election officials counted the voter receipts handed to voters on election day instead of counting the signatures of voters on the polling roster as provided in Minn. Stat. § 204C.20 (2008). Petitioner asks the court to order the Minnesota State Canvassing Board to conduct a state-wide determination, prior to its certification of the correctness of the election results for governor, of the number of persons voting on election day, and therefore the number of ballots to be counted, based on the number of signatures on the polling rosters. Petitioner further asks that we order local election officials to participate and assist in this determination.”
The court must resolve the issue quickly to keep the recount process on schedule: The State Canvassing Board is scheduled to meet Tuesday, followed by an automatic recount scheduled to start Nov. 29.