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County wraps up smooth recount

The recount for the governor's race between Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer may not be over in some parts of the state, but Douglas County is done with its part.

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Celeste Beam | Echo Press Vicki Doehling, Douglas County election administrator, gave instructions to recount officials Monday morning before the recount process began.

The recount for the governor's race between Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer may not be over in some parts of the state, but Douglas County is done with its part.

And it went very well, according to Vicki Doehling, Douglas County elections administrator.

"It went better than expected," said Doehling Wednesday afternoon.

Recount officals, along with representatives from Dayton's office and Emmer's office finished up the recount process Tuesday around noon.

Compared to the last big recount, which took three full days, this year's recount for Douglas County only took about a day and a half, said Doehling.

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She said it seemed that last time around there were more challenges and those types of challenges this year would have been deemed "frivolous."

Doehling also noted that the ballots seemed a lot cleaner this time around or easier to read, which meant there were very few challenges.

"Voters did a much better job. We're not sure why, but it was appreciated," she said.

The net results for Douglas County, according to Doehling, was that Emmer ended up with three more votes, bringing his total to 5,083 and Dayton's to 3,386. There is one challenge pending for Dayton, which if won, would mean that Dayton would get one more vote.

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