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Published November 12, 2010, 09:25 AM

Minnesota recount Observers

Three watchdog groups say they'll deploy observers to recount sites later this month as Minnesota's election for governor gets dissected.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Three watchdog groups say they'll deploy observers to recount sites later this month as Minnesota's election for governor gets dissected.

The organizations won't be there to challenge ballots or otherwise add up vote totals. But their leaders say they want to provide extra assurance that the process is conducted fairly and with transparency.

Citizens for Election Integrity, Common Cause Minnesota and the League of Women Voters Minnesota jointly outlined their role Thursday. The coalition hopes to have 150 observers show up at the various recount sites.

The race led by Democrat Mark Dayton is headed to a recount to verify whether he indeed beat Republican Tom Emmer.

One representative, Mark Halvorson, describes the effort as keeping "eyes on the vote count."

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