A nationally recognized election law scholar, Edward Foley of Ohio State University, watched Minnesota's 2008-09 U.S. Senate recount and election contest and became an admirer of this state's precise election laws and even-handed administration. But, he added, "you have the virtue of fairness at the expense of taking too long." He warned that a close election for governor or president would make that flaw loom large.
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