Recounts for two farflung precincts couldn't have gone faster

  • Article by: Larry Oakes
  • Star Tribune
  • November 20, 2008 - 2:30 PM

You might call them "ballots from the boonies."

Recount workers in St. Louis County this morning dispensed quickly with two precincts -- one with one ballot to count; the other with two.

Unorganized Precinct 6's single vote was cast for Republican Sen. Norm Coleman. The 48-square-mile precinct is in a heavily forested area just south of Hoyt Lakes. The two voters in Unorganized Precinct 20 -- a 36-square-mile tract of similarly sparse wildnerness between Embarass and Babbitt -- both cast their ballots for Democratic challengers Al Franken.

"These are wilderness areas where they might have to drive 50 miles to vote, so we arrange for them to vote by mail," said Paul Tynjala, the county's director of elections. Trouble is, the county's ballot vendor has a 50-ballot minimum, and each precinct must have its own ballots.

"So we order 50 ballots so that one guy can vote," Tynjala said.

For the record: The results in both precincts are unchanged from Election Day.

And there were no challenges.

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