November 17th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Franken not ruling out asking for postponed recount

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) - Democrat Al Franken's campaign made yet another attempt Monday to have certain rejected absentee ballots thrown into the mix when the recount officially commences Wednesday. They've now taken their argument straight to Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's canvassing board.

Last week, Franken attorney Mark Elias said the campaign filed a lawsuit with Ramsey County asking for data on rejected ballots. However, the county has set this Wednesday to hear the case - in other words, too late for their decision to make a difference since the statewide hand recount will have begun that morning.

When first laid out last Thursday, Elias gave the example of an elderly woman who's absentee ballot was rejected because, according to the Franken campaign, her signature did not match the one on file merely because she had had a stroke. It was the only example given to reporters after numerous prodding.

That story turned out to be inaccurate, and its taken the campaign four days to offer any other reasons as to why, in their minds, a rejected ballot should ever be counted.

Asked what the campaign plans to do if at their Tuesday meeting the canvassing board decides they will continue with current plan and not count rejected ballots, Franken spokeswoman Colleen Murray said they're taking it one step at a time but added that they have not ruled out anything, specifically, asking for a postponement of the recount.

The Coleman campaign fired back with a press release saying the Franken campaign "intends to stop recount vote."

“The Franken campaign’s decision to demand that the State Canvassing Board accept rejected absentee ballots was a blatant admission they do not have the votes to overturn the re-election of Norm Coleman,” Knaak said. “However, their public statement that – failing to succeed in this desperate and unprecedented act tomorrow – they will ask the State Canvassing Board to stop the recount is breathtaking in its far-reaching scope that could leave Minnesotans without a senator in January. Minnesotans will not stand for this obvious effort to win through a legal system what the Franken campaign could not win through the ballot box.”


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  1. Anna, ATL

    Franken is a crazed freak, i am sorry to say.
    A guy like that in Congress?
    Thats almost as bad as Limbaugh.

    November 17, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  2. DallasNE

    Chris Welsh must be a Republican. Why else would he editorialize on one of the challenged ballots in this manner.

    "That story turned out to be inaccurate, and its taken the campaign four days to offer any other reasons as to why, in their minds, a rejected ballot should ever be counted."

    What part is inaccurate. I presume it wasn't the part about the voter being elderly. Was the affliction arthritus or the shakes rather than a stroke and why would it matter. There are a lot of reasons a signature changes over a period of years. Also, Franken is not claiming that a rejected ballot should ever be counted. He is claiming that this rejection is invalid and that the ballot should be declared valid and counted.

    November 17, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  3. Grammar Police

    > "Elias gave the example of an elderly woman who's absentee ballot was rejected because, "

    Wow, CNN should learn the difference between "whose" and "who's."

    November 17, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  4. Kathryn Richardson

    Coleman needs to go back east where he came from. He's one of those career politicians that needs to go. He's been around too long. He is the one who would like to stop the recount. I wonder if he's worried about someone finding out more behind the bushes dealings of his. He is a flip-flopper anyway. MN

    November 17, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  5. Geoffrey

    Wow, straight out of the GOP playbook. Accuse your opponent of attempting to win the election using the very strong arming, litigation tactics that you're at the very moment attempting to use to excess. Does Coleman have no shame to drip with such hypocrisy after attempting to make a court stop the recount through litigation? At least this way, Coleman has now committed himself to the recount process so that he will have no avenue but the 'bitter sore loser' route should he lose in the recount.

    November 17, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  6. Mike in st pete

    With what logic ...

    "Minnesotans will not stand for this obvious effort to win through a legal system what the Franken campaign could not win through the ballot box.”"

    if they are excluding valid votes ... how is that not winning through the ballot box ... ?

    if every legal vote is not counted, who would stand by and idly allow someone to procure an election, that is supposedly by the people and for our own representative governance.

    ... oh right ... they would be called right wind conservatives

    it would be so nice to be unencumbered by the facts ...

    November 18, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
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