Republicans Ask: More Votes Than Registered Voters?

By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer is asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to make sure each precinct around the state properly determined the number of votes against the number of people who registered to vote in early November.

It’s a process called reconciliation, which is required by Minnesota law. State Republican chair, Tony Sutton, said he has heard from a handful of election judges who claim the process was not followed.

Emmer trails DFL candidate, Mark Dayton, with an expected recount to begin later this month.

Political science professor David Schultz, of Hamline University, called the move by Republicans, a political ploy.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports

“The entire purpose of the recount when it eventually starts after Thanksgiving is to count the ballots and , in part, to see if there are any discrepancies,” said Schultz.

He says reconciliation will be handled during the recount and Schultz doesn’t believe the Supreme Court will consider the petition.

  • Eldron Hubbard

    “How many nursing home patients were called on to and probably told how to vote?”

    Are you kidding? Do you think there were more than a dozen throughout the entire state?


    • Ronn

      1 (one) is TOO many!!!

  • msb

    Tony Sutton needs to get a life. Nobody stole this election. Just as nobody stole the Senate election two years ago. The Republican Party needs to quit wasting taxpayer money on frivolous lawsuits and accusations. A much better use of our time would be to fully fund education in our state and to deal with the infrastructure and societal problems we are currently facing. The politicians in general would make better use of their time focusing on getting the job done, rather than pointing fingers at each other and looking for people to blame when things don’t go their way.

  • julie

    Politians are an extremely dishonest group. Any party will do any number of things to win. Most things we could not even imagine. Hauling old folks who don’t even know their own name to vote- why not?

  • Timmer

    I guess I’d like to see Ronn’s proof.

    And see TJ demonstrate his education by proofreading his message.

    • Ronn

      My mther-in-law has 3 brothers in Mankato that would verify that she voted.

  • oldmangus

    This election year there was a voter fraud case in Brainerd where staff from a group home took their patients to the polling place and told the patients that they must vote democrat. How many group homes are in Minnesota and don’t think for one moment that these people weren’t coached, and how do you think they were told to vote. Ya, republicans should be checking this out. It’s fraud plain and simple. I bet there’s thousands of group home patients who were instructed how to vote for democrats. Boy did they get hornswaggled.

    • Lynn

      Actually voter fraud did not happen, a person from the Mn Majority, Tea Bag, and Mn Freedom Org, made a politically motivated allegation to gain some fame for himself. The auditors staff that observed the voting in Brainerd, reported no fraudulent voting. The person that supposedly observed this did not report anything that day to the Auditor as he stood there. So what is the real truth based on fact not fiction., watch closely next week and you will hear about real facts of this case.

  • msb

    TJ clearly you did not benefit from the education you received. Based on my “liberal” count you made at least seven grammatical errors in your post. Please use spell and grammar check otherwise people will not take you seriously. I know I didn’t. Rather, I saw your response for what it was — another irrational rant based upon ignorance and arrogance.

  • Timmer

    Ronn, did your mother-in-law’s brothers ask the nursing home why they took her to vote?

    Why does everyone assume nursing home staff takes people and makes them vote Democrat? Are there no Republican nursing home employees?

    I’ll be interested in hearing how the investigations turn out.

  • brian

    I don’t believe any of this nonsense for a minute. I have several friends that are active working in polling places, none of this stuff would be tolerated. I did, however, after meeting a woman at a bar during a convention- wake up in a bathtub filled with ice cubes missing a kidney- and I’m pretty sure it was a democrat secret socialist non-us citizen that took it.

  • Eldron Hubbard

    Hmmm. Wouldn’t want to be like those commies in Europe where they have fully funded education for all our children. Free health care. Guaranteed pensions. Free disability insurance. Guaranteed six weeks vacation, twelve paid holidays a year.

    If we had all that here in the good old USA? Boy, that would really suck.

    Then there’s this: “I bet there’s thousands of group home patients who were instructed how to vote for democrats”

    Why not tens of thousands? How about millions!! Billions even!! All voting DFL. Must have been!!

    Oh wait.

  • jimmy

    Doesn’t matter what kind of tactic Emmer tries to pull. There recount is only a formality. There is no way there are 8800 irregularities that are going to go Emmer’s way.

    I have not heard anyone say that he has a chance in hell. I hear everyone say it is a stalling tactic to keep that dipshit Pawlenty in charge to pass a bunch of crap before this gets taken care of.

  • Lynn

    Each individual has a right to vote. If they wish to go vote that is their right, only a judge can make the decision to remove that right. There has not been a case of removing the right in MN. Many people are allowed to assist a person while voting, as long as it is not an employer, a person running for office. Care staff generally do a great job of advocating and assisting and generally do not force people to do anything.

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