Cutting costs may have had own price

  • Article by: PATRICIA LOPEZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 9, 2009 - 10:56 PM

Local ballot counting in the Senate recount saved the state $2 million, but varying standards is a key argument in the court case.

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taconite12Jan. 9, 09 9:46 PM

There's no question there was disparate treatment of absentee envelopes by the various counties. SOME counties notified Absentee voters of a defect in their ballot, to allow he/she to come in and correct, other counties did not.
br> SOME counties ignored the voter/witness date issue completely, other counties rejected AEs if the dates weren't there, and they didn't match.

However, I believe a consistent procedure for all 12,000 rejected AEs would wind up with up with a net gain for Franken.

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RossbergJan. 9, 0910:26 PM

Regardless of who is eventually the winner, the price for resolving the inconsistent procedures has to be allowing this to proceed through the courts since it's nearly the identical situation they had in Florida. Making the names of the rejected absentee voters public was a bad idea since there is apparently nothing which would prevent a party member from contacting them and learning their vote. Had the recount been allowed to work the way it was originally designed rather than trying to save money and expedite the process we likely would have a more bulletproof result today rather than having to resolve a lot of issues.

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littlebigboyJan. 9, 0911:15 PM

It's time to follow the law on ballots. You fill in one circle the correct way or it doesn't count. There should be no interperting the intent of the voter. If you are absentee do it right or it doesn't count. Thats not too tough.

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rawkibbyJan. 10, 0910:48 AM

Coleman's case that the ballots were not handled with a uniform standard? Both campaigns were present at the county level recounts. Both campaigns challenged ballots at will, mostly frivolously, as we saw over 90% of the challenges were overturned. Strib is still backing the wrong horse here. They cannot make Coleman's empty case (which is nothing more than a delaying tactic) look plausible to those of us who have been paying attention.

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stageaJan. 10, 0911:27 AM

Ritchie himself said there are 400 ballots that should have been counted that were not simply because of an absolutley unconstituional law by the court. They did not have errors. They were simply "vetoed" by a campaign. Since when do campaigns have the right to tell me that my vote doesn't count simply because they say so. Those 400 MUST be counted then the case can be closed.

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mnborn2Jan. 10, 0911:49 AM

It's time to follow the law on ballots. You fill in one circle the correct way or it doesn't count. There should be no interperting the intent of the voter. If you are absentee do it right or it doesn't count. Thats not too tough. posted by littlebigboy on Jan 9, 09 at 11:15 pm

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rawkibbyJan. 10, 0912:02 PM

You miss the point. The point of the article and the point of Coleman's complaint. He is attempting some kind of 'equal protection' ruling ala Bush's suit to end the FLA recount prematurely. I wasn't talking about the 400 ballots vetoed by the Coleman campaign, and neither is Norm: he knows he will lose more distance behind Franken when those ballots are counted. I do agree with Richie to count those ballots, but that is not Coleman's hope.

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john826Jan. 10, 0912:59 PM

Are there provisions to allow for a run off election? Eliminate the bs that has enveloped this election. Do not allow the arrows, x-outs or anything that does not follow the rules. It seems pure and simple, if a person is incapable of filling in a simple oval, do not allow the vote to be counted.

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rawkibbyJan. 10, 09 1:32 PM

the bible verse where god commands you to disenfranchise people too near sighted or physically handicapped to fill in the ovals to your standard? Oh, that is right, your bible hadn't anticipated democracy nor the abolition of slavery nor the concept of inflation setting for all time the value of a slave's life at twenty shekels.

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rawkibbyJan. 10, 09 1:35 PM

John 8:28 is where your god says he does nothing of his own initiative. Whatever.

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