Absentee ballots get day (or days) in court

  • Article by: BOB VON STERNBERG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 17, 2008 - 10:20 AM

Three big counties are navigating a thicket as they await judges' word.

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jastkeDec. 17, 08 9:01 AM

...will ultimately benefit the people of Minnesota. It will clearly define the rules by which election judges decide whether to reject or accept an absentee ballot. The legislature will then be able to fix any shortcomings in the current statutes. More importantly, it will enable the secretary of state to do two things. One would be to redesign the paperwork required for absentee voting. This would make it easier for the voter to do things correctly and for election judges to determine whether a ballot should be rejected. The second would be to improve and standardize the training of election judges. Making the law clear will allow for better training of election judges, which will result in much more consistent handling of absentee ballots.

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aonanodadDec. 17, 0811:59 AM

Will likely be a very narrow decision regarding the decision made by the Canvassing Board. I seriously doubt that the Supreme Court wants to make any precedent here, and I am sure they don't have the time to do so. My guess is they will reject the challenge to the Canvassing Board's decision without any comment at all. I say this because the Supreme Court already decided not to stop counting ballots - and they probably did so because they did not feel that this challenge by the Coleman campaign was likely to prevail. I just don't think the Supreme Court is going to tell the Canvassing Board how to do their job.

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retiredjudgeDec. 17, 08 3:21 PM

Except aonodad, some counties have already stopped counting ballots and are refusing to do so until the State Supreme Court issues a ruling. As St. Louis County auditor said until the court issues a ruling under the law he is strictly forbidden from opening any envelopes. That's why this decision will be so important.

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ThegonagleDec. 17, 08 3:53 PM

We seemed so ready and able to handle this recount in MN, but this rejected absentee ballot issue has caught us by surprise. Expect specific legislation regarding absentee ballots and reasons for rejection for 2010.

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