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Given the number of observers and all the officious looking elections personnel in the room, you might think differently. However, the Ward 2 St. Paul City Council Choice Voting hand count taking place at 90 West Plato Boulevard as the Scoop types these words may look and feel like a recount, but it ain It a hand count.

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talked to the vendors. None of them have presented a system like this for certification in Washington. Even if we had a system like that, I prefer to do this (he motions to the handcount) so candidates like Jim Ivey and Bill Hosko can see every ballot see how every ballot is counted. I think that a real strength of the system. It totally transparent. sayeth Mansky. What are your thoughts? The true test of Fake Hermes Bags the system will probably happen leading up to the 2013 election, when Mayor Chris Coleman is likely to be on Replica Hermes uk the ballot for re election to a third term.

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What a night! St. Paul debut of ranked choice voting came off without a glitch, according to Scoop spies far and wide, and the face of the St. Paul City Council was changed forevermore okay, we shelve the dramatics and get to the Hermes Handbags Replica results.

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