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Published November 23, 2010, 07:44 AM

Governor race recount awaits green light in Minn.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three weeks after Election Day, a Minnesota board is meeting to give a green light to a hand recount in the state's race for governor.

The five-member canvassing board convenes Tuesday. The task of ordering the recount is something of a formality.

State law provides for an automatic recount when a race is within one half-percentage point. Democrat Mark Dayton's lead over Republican Tom Emmer fits the bill.

The recount is scheduled to begin Monday and the process is due to wrap up by mid-December.

On Monday, the state Supreme Court refused Emmer's request that local officials examine polling place rosters ahead of the recount to match them with number of votes counted.