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Recount sought for Red Lake election

Red Lake Chairman Floyd "Buck" Jourdain Jr. has formally requested a recount of the May 17 tribal election results.

Questions and concerns from people around the nation have risen regarding the unavailability of absentee ballots nationwide. The incorrect time schedule announced at the Minneapolis Indian Center and the insufficient number of ballots available at the Minneapolis Indian Center are also concerns. Questioned also is the fact that voters voted in an alternative method once the ballots had run out.

In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Jourdain said he requested a recount by the Red Lake General Election Board of all electronic and absentee paper ballots because with 47.4 percent of the votes among four candidates, he was close to a majority. Also, only four votes separated Lee Lussier Jr. with 207 and Geraldine "Jay" Burn with 203 in the race for Red Lake representative. As it stands, Lussier came in second and would be in the runoff election against Donald "Don Dez" Desjarlait, who had 590 votes.

Because of the reports of lack of ballots and the closeness in the two races, Jourdain said he requested the recount "just to ensure the integrity of the election."

He said the General Election Board has 10 days to consider and act on the request.

Contesting the election results would postpone the runoff election date to Aug. 2.