Franken, Coleman campaigns reduce challenges

  • Article by: HERÓN MÁRQUEZ ESTRADA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 14, 2008 - 9:50 PM

As both campaigns reduce challenges, Franken is confident he will pick up hundreds of votes.

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bus411Dec. 15, 0812:05 AM

I worry with the millions being spent, with Franken producing heart wrenching annecdotal videos, it looks like it is not the recount he is aiming at but the inclusion of his own selection of certain absentee ballots. His video however misses that most rejections are said to be military due to errors of the long distance process (which has an email printing component), but those do not seem to be the ones he wants included. Probably because military voters were heavily McCain and thus not likely pro Franken. I'm starting to wish instead of Hollywood productions for withdrawing challenges Franken could withdraw humself and end this all...?

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olsteinbergDec. 15, 08 1:37 AM

Mr. Franken himself, and his campaign's recount lawyers, have specifically and repeatedly mentioned the absentee ballot cast by overseas-stationed military personnel, as some of the potentially improperly rejected or overlooked absentee ballots. Neither Franken nor his lawyers know which candidate received the votes from active-duty military---but they are committed to having all of those ballots which meet the legal requirements, accepted and counted. It's the principle of the thing, you see. Yes, it would be ironic if those votes were enough to boost Senator Coleman over the top---but if it works out that way, so be it.

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glenbcDec. 15, 08 3:42 AM

isn't it 'read both comments'?

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detreeDec. 15, 08 5:00 PM

They will keep counting until Franken "finds" enough ballots to win. It's the democrat way.

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surlyveganDec. 16, 0812:47 AM

First of all, the idea that overseas miltary ballots will be pro-McCain is absurd. OVERSEAS!!!! get it? not the coast guard, not the lifers, but those actually serving. Secondly... well, never mind. They should just vote again... too close to call...either way.

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mtreicheDec. 16, 0810:59 AM

If someone can't figure out how to correctly mark a ballot after they are told how to do it and there are instructions, their "vote" shouldn't count. That would cut the disputed ballots to 0 and none of our money and time would be wasted.

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garbageacct1Dec. 16, 08 3:28 PM

Since it's the law in Minnesota that voter intent, not someone's ability to fill in an oval, is what matters, what you describe is currently illegal.

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