Polk County Recounting Governor's ElectionThe recount for the Minnesota Governor race is under way, with more than 2.1 million votes must be recounted in Minnesota.
The recount for the Minnesota Governor race is under way, with more than 2.1 million votes must be recounted in Minnesota. So far the recount is going well in Polk county and election officials expect no trouble for the next two days.
The Minnesota Governor's election is now in a recount, with less than nine thousand votes separating Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer.
"The difference between the candidates total was less then 1 half of one percent it became necessary to become an automatic recount," said Gerald Amiot the Polk County Auditor.
Nearly 2.1 million ballots are being recounted in all 87 counties in Minnesota. Amiot says there have been more rules added to the recount process than 2 years ago.
"To have an absentee ballot board so there is consistency in how the absentee ballots are processed and in addition they made other changes sot that frivolous ballots that had a stay mark on would not be challenged," said Amiot.
With experience on their side in Polk County they hope to have a quick recount.
"Roughly three of seven of the people working have also worked today also worked two years ago that experience is extremely helpful," said Amiot.
Both parties are being represented in the recount, and if one party doesn't believe the count is accurate....
"They can ask to have a pile of ballots to be recounted for instance, but so far that has not been necessary but as we get into larger precincts that maybe something that is requested," said Amiot.
Amiot says they haven't had any problems so far, they hope to be done on Wednesday in Polk County.