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About Minnesota's U.S. Senate race recount

An automatic, state-mandated manual vote recount will occur because the difference in votes between Norm Coleman and Al Franken is less than 0.5 percent of the total ballots cast.

An automatic, state-mandated manual vote recount will occur because the difference in votes between Norm Coleman and Al Franken is less than 0.5 percent of the total ballots cast.

n Ballots will be recounted in up to 120 sites across the state, with findings reported to the secretary of state.

n Ballots and other elections materials must be kept secure, but made available for the recount.

n The public must be allowed to watch all recount activity. In many counties, courtrooms will be used.

n Ballots and election materials cannot be handled by candidates, their representatives or the public.

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n A candidate or candidate's representative can challenge a vote. A challenger must state the reason for challenging a ballot.

n Challenged ballots are presented to the state canvassing board, a panel of four judges and the secretary of state.

n A primary factor officials are examining is a ballot where they can determine the candidate a voter selected, but the mark may not have been read by a ballot scanning machine.

Source: Minnesota secretary of state

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