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. CoffeeAddict

    It is pathetic that people still can't figure out how to vote correctly after all this time. They can't push a button, or check a box, or punch a hole in paper without screwing it up?

    How do these people fill out their kid's student loan applications, or permission slips for high school, or their taxes? If you can't vote correctly, your vote doesn't count. It's not voter supression or voter theft. It's voter stupidity.

    Either people need to be responsible enough to make sure they understand how to vote, what they are voting for, and when they need to vote: or they can just be sheep and bleet on the message boards about how sad and pathetic they are that they are too stupid to comprehend a simple civic duty.

    November 26, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Norm

    Poll worker Dan may just be guilty for voter fraud.

    November 26, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Jerry in Clearwater

    There is a God!

    November 26, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Marge

    Whether these ballots are for Coleman or Franken, it is stupid to reject them. After all, a person's vote no matter what should be counted. What's the sense of voting if a judge or a counter can say...I'[m not going to count your vote. COUNT THE DARN VOTES. GET ON WITH THE RE-COUNT.

    November 26, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Steve, Madison WI

    Aggression, Suppression, Recession = Republicans. Another election stolen, another hit to Democracy.

    November 26, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Rob

    Hey Al, snort me a river! You freak, go back to trying to be funny, rambling about on radio stations nobody wants to listen to.

    More people liked Tom Davis than you anyways!

    November 26, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Bruce

    Some comments here seem to say that beause someone says that all votes should be counted that means that they support franken.
    makes no difference to me...it is the principal of counting every vote.

    November 26, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. dejah thoris

    I can't imagine why anybody would be pushing for Norm Coleman to win, much less be proud of him. But then again, wingers and Rethugs are proud of weird things... Coleman isn't very honest, he doesn't really care much about the people he claims to represent, and he's not the best and brightest. By those lights, I guess he's a great GOPper, but he's not what MN needs right now.

    November 26, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Really

    I love how the dems are trying to say Coleman is trying to steal the election. I see it as the other way around. I do not want bogus votes counted. If you did not get them in on time or filled the ballot out wrong, then so be it. They should not count. I love how people are trying to determine voter intent. If the box is filled in, count it. If it is not do not count it. Pretty easy. If there were a special vote, Norm would win hands down. Al had the benefit of many Obama supporters blindly voting for him. Take Obama out of the picture, Norm would win by a landslide. I have not talked to anyone that voted for Al.

    November 26, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Really

    O Coleman
    O Franken

    Fill in the circle for the canidate you want to vote for. Pretty tough. How can this be an issue. Either you filled in the circle or you did not.

    November 26, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. gt

    the village idiot finally can go away .. so long fankenstein bye bye

    November 26, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Kevin Florida

    Al is a joke

    November 26, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Unfairness Doctrine

    In Response to LOS---------------------

    Do you like higher taxes, killing unborn babies, being dependent on foreign oil, same sex marriage, ect...... then come join the Democratic Party.

    November 26, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Jefferey Long

    Its about freaking time he lost!!! We knew that he lost all along! Comedians are dumb for even trying to run for office.

    November 26, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Nija

    Dan Tex. I am glad that you confessed you ill doing. And I hope that some day before you Creator you will have the same courage to confess. Always remember this; what you sow you will reap, either here on earth or another dimension. May God bless you.

    November 26, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. indy chris

    More anti-Democracy-GOP un-Americanism.

    November 26, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. anonymous

    Al Franken should pack it in. His Campaign is a lot like the one Ned Lamont ran and lost in Connecticut in 2006. Thank God Joe Lieberman is still our Senator.

    These liberals need to be quieted down and taken down a peg or two.

    If they would shut their mouths once in a while. The World would be a better place.

    November 26, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. anonymous

    Al franken should lose the election. Norm Coleman has a brain.

    The SNL Liberal does NOT!!

    November 26, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Jack in South FL

    DAN IN TX....I cant believe you!You just openly admitted to ELECTION FRAUD!!! In the evet th

    November 26, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    AL FRANKEN IS A LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THANK GOD WE AT LEAST KEPT ONE LOSER FROM HELPING DESTROY THIS NATION!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 26, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Texas Trail Kitty

    Well, chalk one up to the Republican party. I guess there are some places where they still can get away with this.

    November 26, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. Jack in South FL

    DAN IN TX....I cant believe you! You just openly admitted to ELECTION FRAUD!!! In the event that a voters registration is questionable your job as a poll worker is to aid them in filling out a provisional ballot...NOT try and dissuade them from voting OR to decide who has the RIGHT to vote.

    Maybe we should move all those secessionists in Alaska down to you in TX and LET you seceed. It seems that all that comes out of there is people trying to rewrite the constitution like your revered favorite sun Dubya! or should I call him Dubai???

    November 26, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Ken

    Bruce, you are making way too much sense for the neo-tards to understand. They had a slim lead before the re-count, so they don't want a re-count at all. People's voting rights don't matter to them. Counting ANY more votes can only put their candidate at risk, and they'd much rather hold on to one of the few [R] senate seats they have left, than to bother with such a minor thing as the people's right to vote. Thus, their little minds work furiously to deduce that if you are for a re-count, or counting new ballots, you MUST be for Frankin.

    They supported the Bush lawyers in 2000, who moved for a full re-count, for the VERY reason that they knew that re-count wouldn't be allowed to happen. And now that this Minn. re-count is happening they will do their best not to allow any new votes to be certified. They stand firmly with the 2000 supreme court that their ilk appointed: the people have no standing to worry about their own voting rights. The posters who labeled this as "un-American" are dead on target.

    November 26, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. DS

    Dan, TX

    You are a racist antidemocratic pig and I hope someone smacks some sense into your good for nothing head.

    November 26, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Kathy S. Cloughn

    To the person who said Coleman has a brain: Franken is a Harvard grad, Coleman is a Hofstra grad...I rest my case.

    November 26, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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