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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.

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