November 26th, 2008
11:48 AM ET
5 years ago

Franken Loses Crucial Ruling in Minnesota Recount

Franken is looking to include thousands of absentee ballots in the Senate race recount.
Franken is looking to include thousands of absentee ballots in the Senate race recount.

(CNN) - Minnesota's Canvassing Board voted unanimously to reject Franken's request to include thousands of absentee ballots that are not included in the recount in the Minnesota senate race between the Democratic challenger and Republican incumbent Norm Coleman.

The Canvassing Board, which oversees the recount, stressed during a hearing today, that they weren't rejecting the merits made by Franken's attorneys. The panel also indicated that the fight over the exclusion of the absentee ballots from the recount will most likely land in court. Some 12,000 absentee ballots were rejected from the initial vote count because of technicalities and errors.

Franken's campaign argued that the ballots were wrongly rejected. Coleman's team said the board doesn't have the authority to include the disputed ballots in the recount.

Earlier: Uncounted ballots deemed crucial to race's outcome


Filed under: Al Franken • Minnesota • Norm Coleman
soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. Rick

    Sorry Al, you'll have to find another way to cheat your way into office.

    November 26, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. JR

    So once again everybody to stupid to vote, voted Dem?

    November 26, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. ran

    Let the votes count. Franken don't fold like Gore. Fight this all the way.

    November 26, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. 3strikes

    screw the 60 filibusterproof democrat majority, screw franken(go back to snl because thats the only place you should talk, socially), screw nobama and the people that voted for him because he aint goin to bring change, he's just goin to be more of the same, cant believe you all voted for that fraudulent clown.

    November 26, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Irony?

    JR – if something is done to an excessive degree it would be "too", as in "too stupid to vote"

    November 26, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Ken

    @Unfairness Doctrine: Phil Gramm told me to tell you that you are a whiner.

    But, yes, if you wish, come join the Democratic party.....the one that might indeed have to raise taxes to confront the miserable deficits and suffocating national debt left to us by the FAILED policies of the irresponsible Republican party....the one that is indeed pro-choice, that doesn't just talk the talk, like Republicans, but actually walks the walk when it comes to personal liberties and keeping government out of our personal lives.....the one that looks at the facts and scientific eveidence that shows we cannot be energy independent on our own oil, that refuses to take the myopic ideologic stance of the Republican party that drilling for oil is the be-all and end-all of energy independence, that takes the scientific evidence of global warming seriously and rejects the nay sayers in the Republican party who rely on their own ideoligic fairy tales instead of the top scientists in this country.....the one that realizes that same sex marriage "picks the pocket" of no one else outside of that marriage, that stands by the rights of others to live their lives fully, free of the religious and cultural bigotry rampant in the Republican party.

    Thank you, Unfairness Doctrine, for reminding me why I'm a Democrat, and why we Democrats won this recent election, and why we rejoice further everyday as we read the vacuous postings that you sore losers leave on these blogs.

    November 26, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. JR

    That the best come back you got?

    November 26, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. JR

    Still ROTFLMAO

    November 26, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Peter (CA)

    Every valid vote should count. That being said, every step should be taken to make sure a vote is NOT valid before removing it.

    Everyone here can agree that the person who has the most legitimate votes should be the winner. Problem is when someone spews that Coleman is a "patriot" and Franken is a "commie".
    Ignorance seems to have no bottom.

    November 26, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Nija

    This is what you would expect from Robert Mugabi.

    November 26, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Tom Eyemdaman

    Kathy S. Cloughn,

    Coleman is a Juris Doctor, Franken a Bachelors of Arts in General Studies. Your "case" has no merits other than the name of the schools (and Hofstra is not just another school, BTW).

    I rest MY case.

    November 26, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Conspirist

    Ahhh!! Conspiracy, right-wing, ahhh, it's all the Republicans' fault, stolen election....you people need to come back down to earth.

    Al Franken in the Senate? Seriously? No one, not even the most ardent of Obama supporters can honestly think that this would be a good decision.

    November 26, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. danny boy

    It appears as if rational thought has been thrown out the window with some of you. You should be able to at lest acknowledge that absendtee voting should be one of the easiest ways to commit voter fraud and therefore subject to the most scrutiny in a recount.
    Now how many of you referenced florida's recount in your rant but refused to acknowledge that it's the voter's responsibility to fill out the card properly? Isn't is the voter's responsibility, especially in light of the fact that the Republicans stole the 2000 election, to remove any sembalance of doubt by filling the card out properly?
    And to respond to an earlier question as to how do we know that the DQ'ed absentee votes are for Democrats; the Republican absentee voters hired non-union laborers to fill them out for them.

    November 26, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to Tom Eyemdaman:

    Hofstra is no Harvard, either!!!

    November 27, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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