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Minnesota Gubernatorial Recount Event to be Held at Humphrey Institute

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On Wednesday afternoon, the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs will host an event putting into perspective what is about to become the Gopher State's second general election statewide recount in two years.

With results not yet certified by the Secretary of State, DFLer Mark Dayton currently leads Republican Tom Emmer by approximately 8,750 votes.

Panelists include elections managers from Hennepin and Ramsey Counties as well as attorneys involved in the 2008 U.S. Senate race recount between Norm Coleman and Al Franken.

From the Institute's Center for the Study of Politics and Governance press release:

Recount, Take 2
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Institute
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Just as the 2008 recount was fading into memory we are heading back into a recount for the heated Governor's race. Leading experts and players in the coming recount will come together to discuss the next steps and target the main issues. Please join us for a conversation with the following panelists:

Kevin Corbid, director, Property Record and Taxpayer Services, Washington County
Frederic W. "Fritz" Knaak, attorney, Knaak and Kantrud PA
David Lillehaug, attorney, Fredrikson and Byron
Joe Mansky, elections manager, Ramsey County
Rachel Smith, elections manager, Hennepin County

The event will be moderated by Professor Larry Jacobs.

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