Another dust up in Hennepin County

Hennepin County Elections Manager Rachel Smith says she wants to add more counting tables to the governor’s race recount. Smith says she wants to add three or four more counting tables to the 25 tables already in place. She says she wants to make the move because of a dramatic increse in ballot challenges from the Emmer campaign.

Smith says Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s office gave her permission to add more tables.

Republican Tom Emmer’s campaign objected to the move. Emmer attorney Tony Trimble says he would go to court to intervene if table are added. He says they can’t add tables unless they have inspectors from each campaign available. He says the Emmer campaign planned to have inspectors at 25 tables.

Update: Smith backed down and said they won’t add tables or extend the hours of the recount. She says she doesn’t want to be taken to court.

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