Good morning: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008

  • Article by: Eric Ringham
  • Updated: November 12, 2008 - 10:58 AM

Heading into next week's automatic recount in the U.S. Senate race, some conservative voices are questioning the integrity of Minnesota's election system and secretary of state. Do you think such criticisms are a partisan tactic, or do you think they're justified? Click on the comments link, please, and let us know.

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ShockwaveNov. 12, 0811:15 AM

Of course criticisms of the election system by Republicans are partisan. Just look at the Department of Justice and the abuse of power by Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and John Ashcroft in their unconstitutional quest to impose a "permanent Republican majority". Too many in the GOP are only in it for the power and money, and don't respect the Constitution or the will of the people. Here in Minnesota, the former Secretary of State and her conservative cronies have been sued over voter repression tactics.

It is their right to whine, and our duty to ignore them.

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oldblue48Nov. 12, 0811:16 AM

I do not have full faith in any of the electoral processes. One can go back to national, state and local elections to see the flaws in the present system. I do not have the answer, but it makes me wonder just how fare the voting process is. It is time to take a hard look at refining elections.

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richie1Nov. 12, 0811:18 AM

As a teacher in Las Vegas, after teaching 20 years in Minnesota, I can see why we love our teachers, in Vegas, that come from Minnesota. They only know one way to do things-the right way. The same is true of elections. I am certain that in every polling place in the state they did their best to do it right. The rules simply state that if it is very close we have a recount, and that will also be done with absolute integrity. It's the Minnesota way, and I certainly wish it was done that way here in Vegas!

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sffstopNov. 12, 0811:19 AM

Mark Ritchie has nothing to gain from trying to bias the recount, and has shown no indication that he will do so. From day one Sen. Coleman and his friends have been trying to subvert state law that requires all ballots be counted and re-counted. Send the observers and lawyers by all means, but don't try to say you're serving democracy by trying to question the validity of our good-government process.

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rwertisNov. 12, 0811:20 AM

I've lived in New York, North Carolina, Alaska, Oregon, and South Carolina as an adult. 20 of the last 24 years have been spent raising my family in Minnesota. Minnesotans are by far the most ethical, cleanest living people in America. Whatever the outcome is I can live with it. We have a paper trail on every vote. The process is a direct reflection of the quality of the citizens. Whoever loses should accept the outcome.

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jchilman12Nov. 12, 0811:21 AM

And Coleman was closing in, we would be hearing the same whine from the other side. The losing party is going to say the winning party cheated no matter who wins.

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colinharerNov. 12, 0811:21 AM

minnesota has one of the best systems in the country. there is a very low margin of error. the senate race is so close that there is really nothing other than hand counting that will be right. conservatives are just doing what they can to be able to have questions later. they are planning for the inevitable lose. if they where behind and gaining ground you wouldnt here anything.

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mosassyNov. 12, 0811:23 AM

Scrutiny of the national election system (not the voter registration process)is long overdue. It's just ironic that this call is coming from Republicans, the very party that has so damaged national elections integrity in the first place. Luckily, Minnesota seems to have been little effected by the voter disenfranchisement and voter intimidation tactics that occurred in other states, namely the voter purging attempts in states like Michigan and Colorado (to say nothing of outright vote switching in Ohio during the 2004 election, and accounts of vote switching during our recent election). In this case, however, I believe Republicans are just posturing in preparation for a lawsuit should the outcome not favor Norm Coleman.

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kimi08Nov. 12, 0811:24 AM

Statistics don't lie. It just seems more than odd how the "adjustments have come out.....Correcting these typos was claimed to add 435 votes to Franken and take 69 votes from Coleman. Corrections were posted in other races, but they were only a fraction of those for the Senate. The Senate gains for Franken were 2.5 times the gain for Obama in the presidential race count, 2.9 times the total gain that Democrats got across all Minnesota congressional races, and 5 times the net loss that Democrats suffered for all state House races....Indeed, the 504 total new votes for Franken from all the precincts is greater than adding together all the changes for all the precincts in the entire state for the presidential, congressional, and state house races combined (a sum of 482).

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h8startribNov. 12, 0811:25 AM

I'm not a "black helicopter" kind of person, but it does me wonder why heavily DFL areas are the last to report. I think the Sec of State should be required to withhold the tallys from the canvasing board until all counties have reported.

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