Coleman team cites ruling in challenge to recount tally

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE and PAT DOYLE , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: February 19, 2009 - 9:34 PM

A campaign spokesman said election officials were inconsistent in verifying whether absentee-ballot witnesses were registered to vote.

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bkdowFeb. 19, 09 5:52 PM

Franken will request that 224 absentee ballots get counted!

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samiamFeb. 19, 09 5:57 PM

Norms gotta go

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icdoggFeb. 19, 09 6:06 PM

Only a hundred more witnesses to go.

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stpaul111Feb. 19, 09 6:19 PM

Norm Coleman is an embarassment for MN. He needs to stop this nonsense. He lost and is attempting to overturn the election in the courts and is just wasting everbody's time and money. I actually liked him a bit when he was the mayor. No more.

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swmnguyFeb. 19, 09 6:19 PM

This is very interesting. Ginsberg is arguing that since some counties may not have rejected some ballots they should have, that all other ballots that were properly rejected should be included? Isn't that the same as arguing that since other drivers were also speeding and weren't stopped, you shouldn't get a ticket? Has that ever worked?

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BucklawFeb. 19, 09 6:24 PM

Even when they lose an election, the Republican Party seems to be able to find away to do what they do best: Get in the way.

At this point all ex-Senator Coleman can hope to achieve is dividing Minnesota's voters. He and the Republican party are creating an issue to run on next time around. They are also trying to undermine Franken's authority and legitimacy as a United States Senator. Anyway you look at it, it is pathetic. And every day that we go through this nonsense we are short half of our represenation in the senate.

Norm is showing is lack of character and giving us a good reason to be thankful that man is not our senator any longer. Please, Norm, do your adopted state a favor and move on.

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dakmarkFeb. 19, 09 6:26 PM

Enough already.

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bus411Feb. 19, 09 6:53 PM

Opinions keep showing up calling Franken or Coleman a cheat depending on who you like. Deal with the facts, the difference is 225 votes out of 3 million. In a normal election the officials say up to 10% are screwed up in counting by people with different views. In a normal election it makes no difference. With the margin so close we should have the judges look at it and apply the same standards to all the similar ballots. After that, someone will win. Both Franken and Coleman attorneys have long said they would each do what the other one is doing if the positions were reversed - so in reality the only ones representing us voters are the courts.

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sfccarrierFeb. 19, 09 7:08 PM

Even though I don't live in your state, I watched with so much admiration as your election officials did their best to provide the most accurate recount in U.S. history for the citizens of Minnesota. They were so diligent under the watchful eyes of both campaigns that they only had a count that differed by 283 votes out of 2,900,000. No state could have done better. Then they meticulously went through the 13,500 absentee ballots that were rejected under the 4 reasons of Minnesota law. They only found 1350 that were mistakenly rejected. 943 of those were counted with most of the remaining 400 thrown out by the Coleman campaign since they had to approve the ones counted also. The election was over and certified by the state canvassing board. Now I see so many similarities to Florida 2000 when Ginsburg, Coleman's lead attorney, threw over 100 million votes in the trash can and replaced them with a 5-4 Supreme Court decision. Because the republican governor of your state refused to issue a certificate, Minnesota is now being put through the ringer just like Florida and believe me, the republicans intend to take this to the U.S. Supreme Court where the 5-4 edge still exists. 2,900,000 Minnesota votes are going in the trash can. Why you ask? It is really simple. Al Franken's vote will be the most powerful vote in the U.S. Senate. Minnesota's vote will be the most powerful vote in the U.S. Senate. Coleman's vote will be worthless to the state of Minnesota. Don't let Minnesota go down in history in 2008 with the comparison to Florida 2000. Save your state from this theft!

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scogarFeb. 19, 09 7:15 PM

This is going to make a really really booring book and HBO movie.

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