Wondering why counting votes in close elections takes so long? Wondering why Missouri only finalized their presidential vote yesterday? Minnesota Public Radio has an excellent article about the difficulties inherent in counting votes.

The law in Minnesota says that a vote should count if the “intent of the voter” can be determined, but this is not always so easy. For example, is this mark (outside the circle where you are supposed to put it) a vote for Franken?

Or how about this one where the voter circled the ballot guide mark and also put a check mark?

Or this one, which the machine said is an “overvote”, but one mark is bigger than the other:

I guess that’s what all those lawyers are for! Many more examples in the article.

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