November 26th, 2008
11:48 AM ET
4 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. tom

    how sad the evil republicans will cheat to win.

    November 26, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Michael M. Noonan

    If there is a God in heaven, this walking obscenity will not be allowed on the floor of the Senate. What is wrong with Minn.?

    November 26, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. FreeNLovIt


    November 26, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. dawn

    Count all votes! Anyone that takes the time to vote should certainly know their vote was counted. If not, why bother?

    November 26, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. worriedmom

    finally maybe some type of justice!! just want it to be fair and it was very very suspicious about these votes!! Franken was too sure of himself on that. He may still win (hope not) but at least do it fair! I feel sorry for Minnesota having to put up with such an idiot!!

    November 26, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. MikeH

    You win some, you lose some. I expect Al to accept this and not go histrionic. His victory, if he has one, must be crisp and honest, not murky and questionable.

    November 26, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    All votes should be counted.... there can't be THOUSANDS of votes where these morons cannot decide the INTENT of the voter.... Rejecting votes on "technicalities" is far too vague and is not acceptable.

    These "technicalities" could include things have nothing to do with the specific election race here. Like the ballot was signed in the wrong place, or there's a problem with some OTHER election race that has nothing to do with the senatorial race.


    November 26, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Michelle, PA

    What I want to know is, why can't somebody come up with a ballot simple enough to fill out to avoid 12,000 "errors" and "technicalities"?

    November 26, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Jon


    November 26, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. MikeH

    Michael M. Noonan, I have a question for you.

    Do you consider our current president, George Bush, a 'Walking Obscenity'?

    If the answer is no, What is wrong with you?

    November 26, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Obama08

    The decision today was that the board could not make that decision, its for the courts. Every vote should be counted, but if you cant follow directions the vote shouldnt count. Its not that hard.

    November 26, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Deanna, MS

    Sounds like the Ghost of Florida Past.

    November 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Jinny Lee

    Honor this nation......count ALL votes.

    November 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Too bad Minnesotans who didn't support Franken can't be eliminated from any help that Obama's "change" will provide, and I think there will be positive change.

    It is totally beyond my how anyone could want one Republican to be in office in these times.

    Who do they think is responsible for our miserable national situation? Still blaming the Clinton administration?


    November 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. FreeNLovIt

    Hmm.. my bro doesnt like Franken. I dont know much about him.

    November 26, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Archie H.

    Oh boy; the hanging chads voter intent guessing game again, all to boost a poor wacky democrat who lost into winning!

    November 26, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. chuck

    Every one of those votes are important and should be counted.People spent hours in long line for their votes not to be counted.Shame on those who voted against. What EXAMPLE is being set by America to the WORLD.

    November 26, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. tom

    if coleman stays in it will be a sad day here in minnesota..coleman has been bushes little brown noser for too long he must go. if franken doesnt win then we willknow the republicans cheated

    November 26, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Tumadre

    Can you believe that some of those votes were not filled out properly? I mean come one people!!! How difficult is it to fill in a circle?

    November 26, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Dave in Houston

    If the voter's intent can be clearly determined, the ballot ought to count.

    I hope the idiot third-party jerk who sucked off votes from Franken is held accountable for keeping Norm Coleman, if the count goes badly. Head-to-head, Franken would have clobbered him!

    November 26, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |

    MN GOP and the rethugs trying to steal this election – It's like FLA deja vu' all over again.

    Hey DNC – Get your butt in gear this time – Don't let 'em steal another one!

    November 26, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. Mickie

    I wonder what the absentee voters think of that. This smacks of the same influence the Sec. of State in Florida used to get Bush elected. Time for these people to pay consequences for their influence peddling. I hope the citizens of Minnesota get mad enough to insist on their rights.

    November 26, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. clifford

    Franken had the same voter perscription that got Obama elected, young voters without a CLUE about politics!!!

    November 26, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Craig in Washington

    So Minnesota thinks that absentee ballots don't count? Then why issue them in the first place?

    Also remind Michael Noonan that Minnesota also elected Jesse Ventura for governor, who was no more qualified than Franken.

    November 26, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Blossum

    Mr. Noonan, please don't talk about Norm Coleman that way. I DO agree with you, but don't be mean.

    November 26, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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