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     Minnesota Elector Casts Faithless Ballot In 2004?
    Opinion: Politics
    The Star Tribune carried a story about the results of the 10 Minnesota State presidential electors casting their votes.

    Defeated Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry likely is going to get one less electoral vote nationally than he should have -- 251 instead of 252 -- because of an apparent mistake Monday by one of Minnesota's 10 DFL electors. This mistake, whether accidental or intentional, gives the distinction of an asterisk in the history books for electoral votes cast in a presidential election. And "Faithless Elector" applies in either case, since no trust could be placed in such an elector who would do such a deed.

    One of the 10 handwritten ballots cast for president carried the name of vice presidential candidate John Edwards (actually spelled "Ewards" on the ballot) rather than Kerry.

    "I was shocked ... this will go in the history books," said Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, who presided over a ceremony that normally is uneventful.

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    In Minnesota, as in most states, the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes receives all of the state's electoral votes. In effect, Election Day voters cast their ballots, not for a presidential candidate, but for a slate of electors chosen by a political party.

    Eight of Minnesota's electors were elected by delegates at each of the DFL's eight congressional district conventions. The two at-large electors were elected by delegates to the state DFL convention.

    Here is one of the interesting electors: Chandler Harry Stevens, a retired businessman from Austin who once lived in Massachusetts and has the distinction of opposing John Kerry in the 1970s for a Democratic endorsement to Congress.

    The popular vote in Minnesota was John Kerry: 1,445,014 51%
    George W. Bush: 1,346,695 48%
    (Ralph Nader and others took the remaining 1%)
    (source CNN Election 2004 coverage)


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