The Minnesota Supreme Court is moving quickly to respond to the Republican petition about the recount.
The court Thursday morning said the wanted all related filings by Friday at 4 p.m. and will hold oral arguments -- if necessary -- on Monday, Nov. 22.
"The parties will be notified on Monday, November 22, if oral argument will be held," the order said.
Here's how the court summarized the Republicans' complaint: "Petitioner alleges that in determining the number of ballots to be counted in the 2010 general election, some local election officials counted the voter receipts handed to voters on election day instead of counting the signatures of voters on the polling roster as provided in Minn. Stat. § 204C.20 (2008). Petitioner asks the court to order the Minnesota State Canvassing Board to conduct a state-wide determination, prior to its certification of the correctness of the election results for governor, of the number of persons voting on election day, and therefore the number of ballots to be counted, based on the number of signatures on the polling rosters. Petitioner further asks that we order local election officials to participate and assist in this determination."
If the issue is quickly resolved, the expedited schedule could mean the state canvassing board could move forward to certify the election, as scheduled on Tuesday, and move the Minnesota governor's race to a recount.
Note on the bottom of the order that the two Supreme Court justices who sit on the canvassing board, Justices Paul Anderson and David Stras, did not participate in the consideration of the matter.
Here's the order: