Mark Dayton vs. Tom Emmer: The recount timeline

The goal: Dec. 14.

The goal: Dec. 14.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has published his proposed timeline for the recount process in the governor's race.

Hopefully he ran all this by Heidi Collins over at Fox9, just to make sure she's OK with the planning. Wouldn't want her going off again.


Nov. 23: Initial meeting of the State Canvassing Board, 10 a.m., Room 10, State Office Building, St. Paul to certify existing election results, determine the need for any automatic recount, designate a state recount official and adopt a recount plan

Nov. 29: The recount begins at 9 a.m. at various locations around the state (exact locations TBD).

Dec. 7: Deadline for deputy recount officials to finish sorting the ballots.

Dec. 8-10: State Canvassing Board meetings (locations TBD) to certify any recounts in state House races and to determine whether there are challenged ballots in the gubernatorial recount.

Dec. 14: State Canvassing Board meetings (locations TBD) to certify the gubernatorial election.

That may not be -- and judging by the level of vitriol in some quarters, likely won't be -- the end of it. Either side can challenge the result in court.

Jan. 3, 2011: New governor sworn in (if the recount and legal back-and-forth has resulted in a winner by then.