Guardians of the ballot

  • Article by: BOB VON STERNBERG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 8, 2008 - 9:03 PM

Volunteers watch over 2,885,399 pieces of paper that will determine the victor.

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wildblueNov. 9, 08 8:49 AM

I've always found the most untrusting people to be just a little untrustworthy themselves. As a society this is will not be our proudest moment.

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markmn_29Nov. 9, 08 8:56 AM

We should all worry now if we have to trust a Republican that is "watching" over the Ballots. That's like letting the fox guard the hen house. Is this the same thing that happened in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004?

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porcupine12Nov. 9, 08 9:02 AM

hey! somebody watch that Acme utility truck outside...I think they're digging a tunnel.

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ExtramanNov. 9, 08 9:19 AM

because they all go through Ritchie's office, and who would question his non-partison, totally ethical conduct? (whoops, sorry I mailed out that fundraising letter using the state database)

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a1batrossNov. 9, 0811:22 AM

Given that the Republicans have spent the last ten years rigging elections (http://tinyurl.com/66g9ty ) I guess it's understandable that they now project their own malfeasance onto Mr. Ritchie. But the Secretary of State's office welcomes this skepticism. Please, Republicans, staff the process with sufficient guards and witnesses to assure your confidence that the process is secure. Because when the results are counted, we want you to believe that they are honest. Particularly if Franken happens to be the winner.

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econ101Nov. 9, 0811:25 AM

Odd, Republicans didn't register the Dallas Cowboys, dead people, and the Disney characters. Also SEVEN newspapers recounted all the ballots in Florida after the contested election, and GB won no matter how they counted ballots. Look it up.

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brubuNov. 9, 0812:07 PM

We've voted and now we want all our votes to count. It is sad to see the nastiness directed toward Franken continuing regardless whether it comes from Norm, the NRCC or momsbasement.

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Becky55438Nov. 9, 08 5:01 PM

When those of you from the right post these charges accusing the DFL and Franken of trying to steal the election - it is not just Franken or the DFL you are accusing of despicable behavior, it is thousands of volunteer election judges (of both parties), hundreds of Minnesota Civil Service employees, and dozens of people from the office of the Minnesota Supreme Court. The election is over and the the ban against "bearing false witness" has been re-instated. To those of you on the left who are so concerned about "voter suppression" - this is Minnesota; whatever validity those concerns may or may not have in other parts of the country, they are not valid here. These charges have the sound of the old school yard chant "and so's your mother". If Coleman volunteers want to sit in a chair and stare at a locked room full of ballots - who cares - we aren't paying them. This whole process will be filled with lawsuits, charges and counter charges - it will be messy and perhaps even a little odiferous - but that's what happens when there is a "tie" in a state committed to a process that is "open, fair, and transparent".

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GreenbayguyNov. 9, 08 7:28 PM

It is odd to hear all the name calling, and the questioning of values between one party against another. There are more than enough members of each party to pretty well balance "lack of integrity." Its a political phenomenen, not a party identity. Tim Walz did not care to turn his back on Charlie Rangel, claiming he is innocent until proven guilty. I would think the same would apply to Senator Coleman.

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mnhusker4Nov. 10, 08 6:23 AM

I have 500 ballots in my trunk for Norm. I just found them yesterday and I forgot I put them there last Tuesday. We can't allow the clown to win.

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