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State Canvassing Board did its job, member says

The state Canvassing Board has carefully handled its duties in the U.S. Senate recount, a board member and Minnesota's top judge said.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, who sits on the board responsible for declaring an election winner, said regardless of the outcome, citizens and the candidates - Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken - need to be assured "that everything's been looked at and looked at carefully" by the five-member board.

Magnuson was satisfied that occurred, particularly during the board's inspection of nearly 1,500 votes that the campaigns challenged during the statewide recount.

"It's apparent that everybody's worked really hard on this and if there were any nits to be picked, they've been picked," he said.