This is going to take a while.

The Minnesota Secretary of State Friday released a proposed recount schedule, if the margin between Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer does not widen in the next few weeks.

The schedule wouldn't certify a new governor until Dec. 14. Yes, Dec. 14. The new governor is supposed to take off on Jan. 3. If there is a post-recount contest the proposed schedule make that date a tough one to hit.

Here's the proposed schedule:

Initial meeting of the State Canvassing Board:

November 23, 2010:      10 a.m.
Room 10, State Office Building, St. Paul

                                  o certification of election results
                                  o determination of the need for any automatic recounts
                                  o designation of state recount official
                                  o adoption of a recount plan


Recount begins at locations around the state:

November 29, 2010       9 a.m.

(Locations to be decided)

Deadline for deputy recount officials to finish sorting the ballots:
December 7, 2010

State Canvassing Board meetings:
December 8, 2010        9 a.m.
December 9, 2010        9 a.m.
December 10, 2010       1 p.m.
(Location to be decided)

                                  o certification of any recounts in state House races
                                  o determination of challenged ballots in the gubernatorial recount


State Canvassing Board meeting:
 December 14, 2010       (time and location to be decided)
                                  o certification of gubernatorial election

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