Recount board to discuss frivolous challenges Friday
December 1, 2010 — 5:11pm
The Minnesota canvassing board Friday will discuss the mounting number of frivolous challenges.
During the gubernatorial recount, which started Monday and will continue into next week, candidates' representatives have been allowed to challenge local officials' read on ballots -- even if the challenges are without merit.
Those so-called frivolous challenges, which have come particularly from Republican Tom Emmer's representatives, have slowed down the counting and caused some tension, local officials said.
It is unclear what the state canvassing board, made up of two Supreme Court justices, two local judges and the Secretary of State, will do with the challenges when they meet at 2 p.m. Friday.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.