ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Thousands of Minnesota ballot challenges have been deemed frivolous in the governor’s recount. It’s up to a state board to figure out what to do with them.

The state Canvassing Board was to wade Friday into the ballot controversy that has caused a stir as Republican Tom Emmer vies to overtake Democrat Mark Dayton.

Emmer’s team hopes to disqualify thousands of Dayton votes. But local election officials have ruled the challenges to be of little merit. Dayton’s campaign had a few dozen attempted challenges called frivolous and withdrew them en masse on Thursday.

The board hasn’t decided whether the give the challenges a second look before declaring a race winner. Hundreds of ballots with closer calls await board scrutiny.

Dayton led Emmer by 8,770 votes as the recount began.

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Comments (2)
  1. john swanson says:

    interesting looking at that sample ballot. I assisted someone this year to vote, and they put x’s in those vote holes instead of just blacking them out.

    The machines caught that and spit it out, she had to return to the booth under instructions on the proper way to fill in the ballot.

    How did that ballot make it thru the machines?

  2. jimmy says:

    Pretty obvious what that ballot means though.

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