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Count the ballots already

November 16, 2008 - Per Peterson
Gov. Tim Pawlenty told the nation Sunday he’s confident the recount in Minnesota’s Senate race will be fair. Pawlenty appeared Sunday on ‘‘Fox News Sunday’’ and was asked about the race between Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken — a race Coleman leads by 206 votes ahead of a recount that’s set to begin Wednesday. Isn’t that comforting? Geesh, I hope it would be fair. I would also have hoped the governor of Minnesota wouldn’t feel the need to remind us that it WILL be a fair recount. Then again, in this contentious race, nothing should surprise us. Sorry folks, the election season is not over yet, and it won’t be over for, what another four, five six weeks? To the state of Minnesota, the secretary of state, or whoever sets rules and guides for recounts, I think I speak for a lot of people when I say: Just count the damn votes already. Why are we waiting? What’s the holdup? It’s been nearly two weeks since the unofficial results of the race came out and we’re still a couple of days from the recount physically starting? I know there are millions of ballots to count, and I know everyone’s gotta get their legal ducks lined up to make sure there’s nothing fishy going on and to uphold Pawlenty’s statement Sunday about a fair recount, but waiting this long to recount the votes is the very thing that turns people away from politics in the first place. I loved the intrigue this race provided at times this summer and I appreciate the news factor that come with recounts that sometimes occur in prominent races, but having this already tiresome race drag out more and more has become, well, a drag.


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