Hennepin County Elections Manager Rachel Smith this evening responded to Minnesota GOP Chairman Tony Sutton’s allegation that she is “siding” with Mark Dayton’s recount effort.
In an interview with MinnPost, Smith said: “I don’t work for either party, I work for the citizens of Hennepin County. I am trying to do the best job I can to get through a half-million ballots in the allotted time, and do it as fairly and expeditiously as I can.”
Sutton also claimed that Smith was intimidating the GOP.
“I only intimidate mice, in my office,” said Smith, the 5-foot-2, 120-pound elections boss, with a chuckle.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s office announced that the State Canvassing Board will convene at 2 p.m. Friday to discuss “attempted challenges deemed frivolous” by elections judges statewide. GOP candidate Tom Emmer’s lawyer Eric Magnuson wrote to the board (PDF) earlier this week seeking clarification on how — and if — these challenges would be reviewed by the board.
Dayton’s legal team is poised to reveal how frivolous it regards many of the challenges. The Friday meeting will be held at the State Office Building, Room 10.