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County prepares for recount

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Close to 80 percent of the eligible voters in Dakota County cast their ballots last week. That's a high total, just a bit more than voter turnout statewide. That means more than 225,000 ballots were automatically tabulated at the end of Election Day.

Now those ballots will be counted by hand beginning next week as part of the recount in the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman, Republican, and challenger Al Franken, Democrat.

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