November 26th, 2008
11:48 AM ET
5 months 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. Tomleo

    You can not have honest politicians with a dishonest voting process. All votes must be counted. Voting is an absolute right and not a privlidge. One man, be he homeless or a busisness leader, one vote. A ballot marked with an X vs. a filled in circle is valid. A ballot with a political statement in the write in box (not a persons name) is also valid. A ballot where one candadate was marked and then crossed out, with another candidate selected, is valid. A valid Senate vote is valid even if a vote for Congress, on the same form, is invalid. Many people have handicaps with holding a pen; a smudgy filled in oval is valid.

    November 26, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    Count all the votes

    November 26, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Robert The Man

    Al Franken, don't you have some taxes to go pay?

    November 26, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Maggie

    This is America.
    Every vote is supposed to count.
    What's the problem?

    November 26, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    I smell a rat!

    November 26, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. GARY

    Good who cares.

    November 26, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Hypocracy has no bounds

    wow we have alot of idiots in here who quickly point out that the GOP canidate was trying to block some votes without even considering that the Democrat canidate is doing the same thing.

    Hypocrits, all of you.

    Hey do not count these votes but I want to count those votes. BOTH PARTIES ARE DOING IT IN THIS RECOUNT SO PLEASE QUIT ATTACKING THE OTHER PARTY WHEN YOUR PARTY IS DOING IT TOO.

    November 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Bob

    How do you idiots know that those absentee ballots were cast for Franken? Better yet, How do you think that the Republicans know? If you can't follow simple steps to vote then you shouldn't be allowed to vote, since really don't know what the heck is going on.

    I can't believe there are so many spineless sheep in this country, it's no wonder the world laughs at us.

    November 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. C

    VOTER SUPPRESSION... the Republican trade mark!

    November 26, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Harold

    I'd like to know what some of these "technicalities and errors" are. How about some reporting on that?

    If it's possible to mess up an absentee ballot, then it's likely that the ballot is too complicated.

    November 26, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Larry

    What happened is Democrats are not capable of doing something on there own,if there was a government program that could have other people vote for them,then they could maybe get it right.If not they could start another program to correct the problems in the first program.

    November 26, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Marian

    I mean i must be stupid, because i don't understand why people get to vote but some of their votes are just baseless and don't count, what's the point of voting, these screwed up republican theives are always scamming for their interest. The amazing thing is that this happened before and it's happenning again, how and when will people learn. I can't wait till the day when the GOP brand is nothing but a distant memory who people drank themselves to forget. God say's not to hate, but i think he'll excuse and forgive me for hating this nasty group of people who always use God's name but know nothing about God, it's sad and pathetic if you ask me.

    Marian

    November 26, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Even though i never did think Al Frakken was ever funny ,i do think every vote should count.

    November 26, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Peggy - TX

    Re: earlier comment: “Coleman is a patriot and because of that should win. Franken is a commie and should lose because he hates [A]merica.”
    ___________________________________________________________________________
    As a loyal Democrat, I also do not want Franken to win, because I do not think he is good for the party not for the reasons you espouse, but I respect your right to vote against or for whom ever you want. It is too late to campaign one way or another, but is not too late for Minnesota to stop acting like a “commie” state. Count the votes!!!!!

    November 26, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Milhouse van Houten

    Well.I just have to add to what has already been stated by many on this blog,and that is,in a democratic election,every vote counts.

    November 26, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Mike the Independent from Ohio

    It's funny that an independent board rejected Franklin’s request, and every democrat on this board cries foul and says the GOP cheated, you guys need to get a life, it's pathetic how big of cry babies you are.

    November 26, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Real American

    The Gop is "Dead"

    November 26, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Parrots All

    I've heard more intelligent conversations in third grade name calling contests than I read in the majority of these posts.

    Most of you are all just a bunch of doo-doo heads.

    Chill!

    November 26, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. David, Silver Spring, MD

    The uncounted absentee ballots may be "crucial" in the sense that they reveal the intent of the voters whose collective voice should determine the outcome of the race.

    But what's also crucial is the outcome of the challenges that have been made by the Coleman and, to a lesser degree, the Franken camps, to some of the ballot interpretations made by those doing the recount. When Coleman challenges a ballot because the recount board says the ballot should be counted for Franken, that challenge threatens to disenfranchise a voter every bit as much as a refusal to count an absentee ballot that wasn't properly submitted.

    November 26, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Lee (middle America)

    I am so amazed at how quickly people forget their history and find away to re-invent history all in the same sentence. Even though I may not agree with the decisions of our current president and as a Black American I am excited that forty years ago Martin Luther king was murdered for his believe in equality, that the election of Barak Obama has opened a new chapter in America's short and colorful history. That being said you must know that it was Sen. Al Gore who decided to go to court for a re-count of the vote in Florida and that that Gov. Bush only ensured that if they were going to do a recount that it couldn't be done just in 2 or 3 communities but statewide. Even though the Supreme court stopped this process those votes have been counted and recounted by independent parties with the same results: Gov Bush won. I have no dog in the fight for the dems or reps in Minnesota but please don't misquote history to try an make an invalid point. Thank you

    November 26, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Sheila43302

    I think the voters need to know what these "technicalities and errors" are. No vote should EVER be ignored because SOMEONE or SOMEBODIES decided that some procedure was not followed. Heavens, people, doesn't anyone have any common sense?

    November 26, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Phoenix

    I'm sorry, but Al Franken will be like having Palin on our side. Look, the Democrats have successfully branded themselves as the party for the educated decision makers, we do not need someone like Franken on our side. Prevent from being a moving joke, keep people like Franken away from the party.

    November 26, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. BDK

    Give it up Franken, you lost. Stop wasting everybody's time.

    November 26, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. clifford

    Chris: Like I said "not a CLUE about politics! Try doing some research on the facts before you spout off ! Start by useing that gray matter inbetween your ears for something other than farting!!!

    November 26, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. FreeNLovIt

    Rule#1: Did we count all votes? This is the only question to ask.

    November 26, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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