State election system is better, not faster

  • Article by: Lori Sturdevant
  • Updated: November 9, 2010 - 4:54 PM

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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mpdean1Nov. 9, 10 7:17 PM

We should not be surprised that a law professor wants everything to be decided by a court. The whole point of the canvassing board process is to avoid having to go to court. Candidates should only go that route with just cause. The recount and canvassing board process should only take three weeks this time, while the court process will likely take many months. If we really want to speed it up, we should figure out how we reduce the potential for an election contest. An individual should have to meet some sort of burden before they can move forward. Or the person ahead should get a conditional election certificate after the recount. The hand recount is there to count votes that a machine can't count. Minnesota gets it right because we focus on getting it right instead of doing it fast. The more we can do to get the lawyers out of the process the quicker we can get the results. But you would never hear a law professor say that.

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