Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
From the Minnesota Senatorial court decision:
"The overwhelming weight of the evidence indicates that the November 4, 2008 election was conducted fairly, impartially, and accurately. ... After seven weeks of trial, the factual record is devoid of any allegations of fraud, tampering, or security breaches on Election Day, during the recount process, or during the election contest.
"There is no evidence of a systemic problem of disenfranchisement in the state's election system, including in its absentee-balloting procedures. After three weeks of trial, the Court issued an order in which it found that "[t]he facts presented thus far do not show a wholesale disenfranchisement of absentee voters in the 2008 general election." This conclusion applies with equal force today. After seven weeks of trial, the factual record is devoid of any allegations of fraud, tampering, or security breaches on Election Day, during the recount process, or during the election contest.
"The citizens of Minnesota should be proud of their election system. Minnesota has one of the highest voter-participation rates in the country. The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State and election officials throughout Minnesota's counties and cities are well-trained, fair, and conscientious and performed their duties admirably. Minnesota could not conduct elections without the hard work and diligence of its dedicated professionals and citizen volunteers, and the Court is proud of their service."...
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