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. LyonsPhilly

    More voter suppression by the Republican Devils.

    November 26, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. John

    It will be fun to see Coleman, after the Franken win, do yet another 180 and insist these votes should be counted. The guy does more 180s than a professional skate-boarder!
    Oh, and you people that keep bringing up the taxes thing, please learn the facts, then do the rest of us a favor and shut up. He paid his taxes; he just paid them to the wrong states. So, some states didn't get their taxes, and another got over-paid. If everything goes the way it should, his overpayment will be returned and the states that should already have something will get what they should.

    November 26, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Baze

    GZus, would you go away already Franken!!

    November 26, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Ken

    Hey Larry. You sound like the neo-idiots who started this economic mess. Or is it just bad feelings on your part from the election? Poor, poor lad. It must have shocked you when all those democrats went out and voted on their own to defeat your brown-nosed drama-Queen of a candidate. You are just a pathetic sore loser.

    November 26, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. sg

    Another whiny Dem. Will they never stop! Franken – You lost – Go back to your day job.

    November 26, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. DOC

    Welcome aboard, Minnesota!


    November 26, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Bruce

    Every vote should be counted....what ever happened to this country.

    November 26, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. Matt

    Excuse me folks, this is America and every vote does count. However, in most elections, a certain number of ballots are thrown out, deemed tainted or otherwise ruled invalid. This is done by Democrats in power as well as Republicans, and has been done many, many times over the years. Stop seeing conspiracies behind everything. Do you want fraudulently cast votes to count? Franken lost, period.

    November 26, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. linda

    It's ashame but this is how the republican's do dirty work they know they were stealing the votes as usual-why not count the votes that were the absentee votes they know who won-but it's how they keep their jobs in cheating-why not count the absentee votes everyone else did-this is ashame but they must realize what goes around comes around-and the republican will not prosper from this-for they are still up to their old tricks but they soon will run out-they know the democrat won the votes-I would persue this to the supreme court if needed-for we don't need another republican in the senate especiall one who cheats if that is the case all of them needs to go we need an all democrate senate and congress-now there!!!!!!!!!1

    November 26, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Bubba

    Larry, SPACE after each comma or period. At least try to seem intelligent. And learn the difference between "there" and "their," which you seem to use interchangeably. Maybe you should realize your politics are as naive and wrong as your punctuation?

    November 26, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain

    Good! This guy is a joke. Go back to SNL.

    November 26, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Larry

    It's apparent that the only people doing the recount are Republican,Democrats are easy to steal from because they don't seem to know how to count.

    November 26, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. thomas

    An election should be decided by votes, not technicalities. Get it right or let somebody who knows how to do the job take it over.

    November 26, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain


    Which party decided not to count millions of votes in the FL and MI primaries????!!!!

    November 26, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. BushLameDuck

    Please Franken don't let Coleman and the GOP steal your win, they are known for stealing elections and lying, learn from Al Gore in 2000, do what ever it takes to take Coleman and the GOP down.

    November 26, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Sean Chong

    Can someone establish a procedure in order to make sure every vote count? Where is this country going? Why do we need to "vote" to state that a ballot should be counted or not? I thought there should be rules? If someone broke the rules, they should be punish, like putting the ballot box in an inappropriate place? No one is responsible for anything now! The CEO gets their pay and leave, the politicians can say anything and leave. Now, even the ballots are not accountable, and we need people to vote to say whether certain votes are valid or not! This is utterly nonsense! There should be established procedures to make sure every ballots are safe and sound! If someone infringe that procedures, they should be punished.

    November 26, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. JJ

    I have a feeling this fight is just getting started. Sigh.

    November 26, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Mary

    How much is this costing tax payers?????

    November 26, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. Marc

    Robert The Man – November 26th, 2008 12:44 pm ET:
    'Al Franken, don't you have some taxes to go pay?'
    He paid them, actually he only paid the fines for having made the mistake of paying taxes to the wrong state (NO this is not a joke), because he asked California for an reimbursement and after he got the money back he paid the taxes in the correct state and guess what, he found out that the taxes in California were higher than in Minnesota (so he had paid more than he should all the while)!
    Again, this is not a joke, it was an honest mistake that happened when he moved to Minnesota and he paid the taxes and the fines up front.
    And it's such an old news anyway.... RtM what are you going to exhume next?

    November 26, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. KLEE

    I would like to see for my self what these so called "questionable ballots" look like. Just curious – a picture may say a thousand words – and erase doubts on both sides.

    November 26, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. Obama Victim

    see ya Stuart

    November 26, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. hugh ~ california

    All the votes should be counted in any free government. Not counting any votes because of technicalities is a miscarriage of justice, so the courts are going to have to rule on it. If they rule for democracy it's a no brainer.
    It should never be about liking or not liking a certain candidate, and that should never impede the outcome in a free election.

    November 26, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. hello

    Why GOP always in favour of not counting all this vote, when somebody made some mistake if they are handcaped or old or not educated to understand how to vote.

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

    My understanding was that these votes were originally tossed out because they were not received in time to be counted in the election. Now, if there is a time when voting ends, do we really want to accept votes after that time, in order to "count every vote"? I don't think so. I don't want people voting today for President McCain. Or politicians or their agents hauling in a huge ballot box full of votes three hours after the polls close. Do you?

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

    What kind of crap is that? How can they not count the absentee votes? Those are valid votes, done by valid voters. That's blatent voter suppression and it's outrageous.

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