Public servants adjusting reluctantly to the public eye

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 21, 2008 - 6:58 AM
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memorylaneNov. 20, 08 9:34 PM

In our public servants. They are doing a good job. I respect them and thank them.

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k53388Nov. 21, 08 5:36 AM

The year was 1998. I dropped off my absentee ballot at the White Bear Lake School District office as instructed as I was planning to be out of state and the main item to be decided was an increase for schools in their yearly attempt at yet another referendum.As it turned out I did not have to leave before the voting date so I decided to go to the polling place to make sure my vote was counted.You guest it,no it had not. The official let me vote at that time but I always wondered if I had voted twice or only once.Never did get an answer from the school district or the polling officials.

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jrolsonNov. 21, 08 6:26 AM

...that both parties will whine, pout, threaten, and/or otherwise complain about something related (maybe) to the recount. Whomever loses after the recount is finished will probably darken the skies over MSP with corporate jets full of high-priced lawyers.

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bdntjNov. 21, 08 6:29 AM

How much money is this costing the taxpayers?Does anyone know?Do these people doing the recount get paid and if yes how much and how many recounters are there?And who pays for all these lawyers who are the recount?

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goodfather1Nov. 21, 08 8:52 AM

State law requires the recount when the vote total is within 1/2 percent of each other and the state pays for that recount. Anything outside of that percentage the contesting candidate must pay. Like others, I have faith in the system and however it comes out, I support that the winner is the candidate that should have won. All these accusations in the interim are pure politics and say more about the complainer than about the process. Minnesota has a well deserved reputation of clean voting processes. All this complaining should stop until the process is done and no more accusations should be made unless there is clear evidence of malfeasance.

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swensonjaNov. 21, 0810:25 AM

If your polling place worked like the one I was an election judge at many years ago, no, your vote was not counted twice. Absentee ballots are counted at the end of the day, after everyone has voted at their polling place. The absentee ballots are checked against the register to verify if you voted or not in person. If you did, your absentee ballot is rejected.

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rayrlewisNov. 22, 0810:52 AM

Details on this story, including media links based on partisan interpretation of incomplete facts, and misunderstanding of procedures for implementing election law, is at: http://www.minnpost.com/davidbrauer/2008/11/12/4565/minneapolis_election_director_speaks_ballots_in_my_car_story_false Given Mr. Mansky’s comments in the above story, I believe such media reports of partisan perceptions undermine public trust in elections and elected officials. I have not seen the links to corrections, retractions or apologies yet, but should they receive the same attention as the original stories?

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