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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Alan Page

Alan Page is now on the critical path in the election recount. He needs to appoint three judges before Coleman’s case can be resolved. I agreed with Page when he dissented on the Minnesota Supreme Court’s decision to require the Franken and Coleman campaigns to agree on which of the improperly rejected absentee ballots to count. While I don’t like the idea of giving the campaigns the power over who can vote, I do like the idea of asking them if there are three judges they can agree on. In 1962, this is what the judge in Page’s position did for the gubernatorial recount between Karl Rolvaag and Elmer Andersen. It would go a long way to helping the eventual loser to accept the outcome. Of course, Page should also be comfortable with all three judges. The most important thing is that the process is fair. A close second is an expeditious outcome.


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