Posted: February 5, 2009
Day 9 of Minnesota election contest trial ends
At the end of Day 9, Anoka County Elections Director, Rachel Smith, revealed that she and her staff yesterday found three original UOCAVA military ballots that had been remade on election night. On election night, the duplicates of these ballots were counted. In the recount, only originals were counted at the insistence of the campaigns. Therefore, because these three original ballots were not found until yesterday, they were not counted in the recount and three votes had to be deducted from the vote totals. The ballots were stored apparently in an unconventional way with the application materials in front of them. In light of yesterday’s ruling establishing the universe of ballots for which evidence may be entered, it will be interesting to see if evidence will be admitted by the panel for these three newly found ballots.