Two counties resolve election data dispute with GOP

Faced with the threat of a lawsuit, St. Louis and Pine County officials are working to quickly hand over election data to state Republicans.

The GOP had filed lawsuits against the two counties when it appeared that election data wouldn’t be readily available. But now all sides say the tension is easing and the information is forthcoming, reports the Duluth News Tribune.

Republicans working with Tom Emmer’s recount team are looking for lots of election information ranging from copies of absentee ballot applications to reports of incidents at polling places.

Reports the Duluth paper:

We’re talking with their attorneys and I think we may be able to work things out,” said Barb Russ, assistant St. Louis County attorney. “We’re trying to get them the information we have as soon as possible, except for the things we legally have to wait on. But we have limited staff to work on this.”

Republican Attorney Tony Trimble said the atmosphere is “calming down.”

“I think we are going to be happy that they [St. Louis and Pine counties] are going to provide everything on a timely basis,” Trimble said Monday afternoon.

In Pine County, Auditor Cathy Clemmer told the Star Tribune that she didn’t get the data request right away but plans to send out the documents by Friday.

“I don’t think they handled it as well as they could have,” Clemmer said. “It would have been much simpler to pick up the phone and say, ‘Gee whiz, we haven’t heard from you. Did you get our e-mail?’ Instead of going directly to a lawsuit.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Sheila Ehrich on 11/16/2010 - 12:46 pm.

    “We have limited staff to work on this.” And this is a result of what? LGA cuts, maybe??? Thanks to Pawlenty and “No new Taxes!”?? For sure! How many days a week are they even open to do business with the public now? Think that might be a part of the delay???

  2. Submitted by Bill Coleman on 11/16/2010 - 01:19 pm.

    GOP bullies. Maybe say “Please!” next time.

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