Ritchie names canvassing board/recount times

Here’s the release:

STATE CANVASSING BOARD ANNOUNCED

Partial List of Recount Locations Released

SAINT PAUL, Minn.-Nov. 12, 2008―Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today announced the members of the State Canvassing Board. By Minnesota law, representation must include two Minnesota Supreme Court justices, two district court judges and the board is chaired by the Secretary of State. Canvass board members named are Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric J. Magnuson and Justice G. Barry Anderson. Chief Judge Kathleen R. Gearin and Assistant Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary have also been tapped from the Second Judicial District to serve on the board. Ritchie made his selections based upon recommendations made by Chief Justice Magnuson and Chief Judge Gearin.

The board will convene at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18 in room 10 of the State Office Building. At that time, a formal pronouncement of a statewide recount of nearly 3 million ballots is expected in the U.S. Senate race, as well as two state house races and one in the state Senate.

A list of 74 recount sites also was released, with locations provided for nearly half of the state’s counties. A complete listing of sites is expected in the next several days. The recount will begin on Nov. 19.

“I thank the justices and judges for their service to this state and to this historic State Canvassing Board,” said Ritchie. “I appreciate their leadership during this recount process that will ensure that Minnesota’s proud tradition of free and fair elections continues.”

EDITORS NOTES:

Link to a listing of State Canvassing Board members: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/docs/statewide_general_election_canvassing_board.pdf

Link to a listing of recount location information: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/docs/recount_designation_plan_november_12_at_2_pm.pdf

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