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If the picture of the ballot in question is legitimate, it's silly for the Franken campaign to challenge it. However, the opinion of one election judge in one precinct does not prove that the entire body of Democratic ballot judges has lost its mind. The picture is being spread all over the right wing blogosphere as an example of the supposed perfidy of Franken supporters.
I'm not sure why this ballot was examined at all, though. Did the scanning machine kick it out for some reason other than this one vote preference? Surely ALL the ballots in Minnesota aren't being reexamined.
The subject line of the note I get from a radical right wing friend read: "Franken's lawyers are challenging this ballot."
The text of the e-mail is:
"Why, it sure is obvious to me that this voter meant to vote against Norm. Sure. At least one senile judge agrees!"
So what the RRW is passing around is a claim that "Franken's lawyers" are responsible for this, and that "one senile judge" is in agreement with the conclusion that the intent of the voter is in doubt.
I wonder if there is any basis at all for those conclusions?
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