Weekend review of governor’s recount news

Some notes for recount junkies:

• We wrote on Saturday that former Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, now a lawyer for Rep. Tom Emmer, received a vote. We have learned it was a write-in for the Supreme Court seat held now by Justice Christopher Dietzen. It was one of the Emmer challenges made for any ballot with a write-in for any office, even a valid write-in.

Magnuson withdrew the challenge, as Emmer’s lawyers withdrew more than 99 percent of them after making such a big stink about them for a week.

• A thoughtful piece was posted at Politico Saturday that calls for, among other things, a reduction in Minnesota’s recount threshold to 0.25 percent, not 0.5 percent, as is the current law.

• The St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Dave Orrick had a forward-looking piece about legislative Republican plans to alter election law in Minnesota, including the introduction of voter ID requirements.

This should create a lively debate in the Legislature in 2011, with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and progressive voter rights groups in the scrum, along with many county elections officials.

You can also learn about all our free newsletter options.

No comments yet

Leave a Reply