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Recount costs to be paid soon, Republicans say

Unpaid bills owed to Olmsted and Mower counties from last year's governor's race recount are set to be paid soon, state Republican Party chairman Tony Sutton said.

"The checks ... are going out before the end of next week," Sutton said. "By the end of the month, they'll have their payment."

The party owes Olmsted County $3,050 and Mower County $2,424 for their costs of retrieving, preparing and sending voter data requested by Republicans for the election recount. Democrat Mark Dayton won the election by fewer than 10,000 votes over Republican opponent Tom Emmer.

The Olmsted County invoice, dated Dec. 8, listed 204 regular staff hours, at $25 per hour, and 22 administrative hours, at $50 per hour, to fill the data request.

The initial bill was for $6,100, but Olmsted County agreed to halve the bill after Republicans objected to its cost.

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County Election Administrator Pam Fuller turned over the matter to Tom Canan in the Olmsted County attorney's office this week. Canan spoke with a party official on Wednesday.

"We got a promise they're going to take care of (the bill) in the near future," he said. "We're hoping they will."

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