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Two high-powered attorneys sit side-by-side at the witness table during last week's State Canvassing Board meeting, during which a recount was ordered in the governor race. On the left is Marc Elias, a nationally known recount attorney working for candidate Mark Dayton; on the right is Eric Magnuson, former Minneosta Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, a candidate Tom Emmer attorney. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Ballot counters hope Minnesotans learned their lesson

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans remember all too well the days, weeks, months of squabbling over ballots two years ago.

There were ballots with stray marks, raising in some minds a question about who those voters actually picked in the 2008 U.S. Senate race. In a classic example, the oval next to Norm Coleman's name was fully filled in, but there was a little mark in the oval next to Al Franken's name. The State Canvassing Board decided that vote belonged to Coleman.


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