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Cass County sheriff recount starts Wednesday in Walker

The recount is officially on. Walker Police Chief Wayne Tennis Monday submitted a written request for a recount in the Cass County sheriff's race after the county's canvassing board declared as official the 47-point margin held by Chief Deputy Tom Burch.

Tennis said Tuesday there's always a margin for error and when candidates work hard for an elective office it's important the results are accurate.

Burch said he is hopeful the vote totals stand.

"I have confidence in the system," Burch said Tuesday. "It's just really important, it's a good process to follow through to make sure it's an accurate count."

The official results were Burch, 6,203 votes and Tennis, 6,156 votes. There were 26 write-in votes for others. A statement from Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Anderson said the race falls within the half of 1 percent margin under state law to be eligible for a recount at no cost to the losing candidate.

The recount will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the commissioner's board room in the Cass County Courthouse in Walker. It will follow the required post-election review of voting equipment accuracy which is scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.