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Published December 06, 2010, 03:28 PM

Emmer Focuses on Voter Database in MN Gov Race

Republican Tom Emmer's dwindling hopes of a comeback win in Minnesota governor's race depend partly on detecting flaws in the election by analyzing a statewide voter database.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Tom Emmer's dwindling hopes of a comeback win in Minnesota governor's race depend partly on detecting flaws in the election by analyzing a statewide voter database.

But routine post-election updates to the system won't be completed anytime soon. And officials caution that the system can't be used the way Emmer wants — to pair the number of votes and eligible voters.

Emmer trails Dayton by thousands of votes as a state board gets ready to certify a winner.

On Friday, Emmer described a Dec. 15 deadline for counties to feed information into the Statewide Voter Registration System as a critical factor in his consideration of a subsequent election lawsuit.

But some counties intend to seek an extension that will give them more time to make database updates.

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