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All eyes on ballots

Published 11/21/2008, Alexandria Echo Press

Hunched over the gray table in front of him, the man in the dark green flannel shirt squinted at the sprawling piles of white paper before him. He scanned each piece, looking for the proper mark, before picking it up, the single sheet making a slight scraping noise as it slid across the one below it. The man, flanked on each side by keen observers, counted: “One, two, three…” And so it went Wednesday, the first day of Douglas County’s part in the statewide recount for the 2008 Minnesota Senate race.

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