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Dave Olson, Published November 30 2010

Ballot counting going smoothly in Clay County

As of late Monday afternoon, the recount in the Minnesota governor’s race was relatively challenge-free in Clay County, said County Auditor Lori Johnson.

Representatives of Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer had challenged one ballot each, Johnson said.

In both cases, a question was raised about voter intent.

Johnson said in her opinion the voter intent on both ballots was clearly reflected by marks left on the ballot.

She said both ballots would be sent to state officials to review because neither side was willing to drop their challenge.

About 20,000 ballots were cast in Clay County in the Nov. 2 election.

During Monday’s recount at the Clay County Courthouse in Moorhead, total ballot numbers were accurately matching up with the vote count, Johnson said.

In the voting Nov. 2, Dayton captured 8,512 votes in Clay County to Emmer’s 8,025 votes, according to information on the Clay County website.

During Monday’s recount, one representative from Emmer’s side was watching the process in Moorhead. Several individuals representing Dayton were present, Johnson said.


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