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State board approves recount, delays disputed absentee ballots decision

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Update 4 p.m.

ST. PAUL - A state elections board today approved the beginning of a statewide U.S. Senate recount, but delayed the most controversial item on the table - whether hundreds of disputed absentee ballots would be counted.


"We need more time to think," said Mark Ritchie, Canvassing Board chairman and secretary of state.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.