Hunched over the gray table in front of him, the man in the dark green flannel shirt squinted at the sprawling piles of white paper before him.
He scanned each piece, looking for the proper mark, before picking it up, the single sheet making a slight scraping noise as it slid across the one below it.
The man, flanked on each side by keen observers, counted: “One, two, three…”
And so it went Wednesday, the first day of Douglas County’s part in the statewide recount for the 2008 Minnesota Senate race.
U.S. Representative Collin Peterson said an election recount is not something he would wish on anybody.
“It makes your election night drag on for two months,” Peterson said, recalling his unsuccessful 1986 congressional bid that was settled by recount. “It’s no fun.”
Peterson, a Detroit Lakes Democrat who represents the 7th District, remembered election judges, attorneys and the courts taking over in his recount, which he requested after coming up 121 votes short of then-Representative Arlan Stangeland.
By Scott Wente, State Capitol Bureau
, November 14, 2008
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