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  •  The minute I heard there was a recount, (1+ / 0-)
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    sacrelicious

    I assumed Al needed contributors to make that happen, and so I was going to contribute.

    But then when I minutes later learned it was an automatic recount under 1%, I thought the state would pick up the tab.

    I'm unfamiliar with why the candidate incurs costs for a recount if it's a state law.

    I'm guessing so Franken has the resources to hire attorneys to oversee the count????

    Or am I wrong?

    Take folding chairs to the polls on Tuesday for yourself and others.

    by gooderservice on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 03:47:42 PM PST

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    •  MONITORING the recount will cost a fortune (3+ / 0-)
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      decembersue, kathika, haremoor

      so MAKE SURE TO CONTRIBUTE IMMEDIATELY!

      WE NEED THIS SEAT!

      •  One more teeny, tiny question. (1+ / 0-)
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        myboo

        How are the costs incurred to monitor it?  Paying the people to watch?  Computer systems to add the votes up independently?

        I'm just curious.

        Take folding chairs to the polls on Tuesday for yourself and others.

        by gooderservice on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 03:57:18 PM PST

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      •  Oh, you don't have to tell ME we need this seat. (1+ / 0-)
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        decembersue

        I respectfully say that.  I'm well aware of the consequences of Al not winning.

        As an aside, I adore Al, and I know he gave up a lot to run for this seat.   He's not doing it for a Senate salary.  That, I'm sure of.

        Take folding chairs to the polls on Tuesday for yourself and others.

        by gooderservice on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 03:58:44 PM PST

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      •  You know, I discount that. Participated in Greg- (0+ / 0-)

        oire recount here in WA.

        We had volunteer observers in the wings.

        Moreover, the process as set up was impeccable. Impeccable. Paid employees were: One D, one R counting, AND one observer sitting at the table to make sure they were both on the up and up.

        If you counted a batch of votes twice, and your numbers didn't match exactly -- that box was given to someone else to count.

        There were at least 100 of us D & R temporary workers, maybe 150, counting ballots, and the "paid observers" were elections department employees. In addition to that, there were sheriff's deputies at the doors, and many many supervisory personnel, getting the ballots flowing to and from the room. And data entry.

        Huge room, TONS of people working in it.

        All that to say, you don't really need to be paranoid about the results of a hand recount, unless there's something faulty with the process set up. Ours was impeccable.

        The volunteer observers around the room seemed to think they were vital to the process... they really weren't, they really couldn't see the ballots much... yet they came in droves, driven in by screaming emails to party members from party officials. Just saying.

        Be good to each other. It matters.

        by AllisonInSeattle on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 10:22:03 PM PST

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