Posted: November 13, 2008
MN Senate: 11/13 Update
State canvassing board appointed
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie yesterday filled the four remaining positions on the state canvassing board (Ritchie himself is the first member). The canvassing board certifies the official results of all statewide races and supervises statewide recounts. The board members include Eric Magnuson and G. Barry Anderson, two state Supreme Court justices with Republican ties. The other members are Edward Cleary, a Ventura-appointed trial court judge, and Kathleen Gearin, a trial court judge of unknown political affiliation. Ritchie asked Magnuson and Gearin to appoint the board members, and they appointed themselves and the remaining two judges. The Coleman campaign seemed fine with the appointments, but the Franken campaign said that Magnuson and Anderson were "partisan republicans" and tried to associate them with Governor Pawlenty who, the campaign said, had "spread false claims of foul play in an effort to besmirch our state's good reputation...." Gearin previously rejected a request by Coleman to prevent from being counted until further examination 32 absentee ballots allegedly found in an election official's car.
The recount will begin next Wednesday and will be supervised by the state canvassing board, although administrative regulations delegate most the board's recount duties to the Secretary of State or Secretary's designee. MN ADC 8235.0200 et seq. Details of how the recount will divide the ballots into different piles are here. Other details are here.