Four judges and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will make up the 2008 Minnesota General Election Canvassing Board, reports MPR and the Pioneer Press.
These people could determine who wins the race between Republican Senator Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken.
Ritche announced that Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, Justice G. Barry Anderson, Ramsey County District Court Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin and Assistant Chief Judge Edward Cleary will be the board members.
The five will meet next Tuesday to certify the election, said Ritchie. The board will then order the recount, which will begin the next day and take place in 120 different sites across the state.
"You got the Coleman pile, you got the Franken pile and you got 'all others,'" said Ritchie. "The 'all other' piles are the ones where you can't tell the intent of they've invalidated themselves by marking."
The panel is politically diverse, and this is pleasing to Larry Jacobs, Director of the Center for Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute.
"These are some of our very best judges," said Jacobs. "I look at that and say, 'This is going to be fair.'"