December 24th, 2008
02:20 PM ET
9 years ago

Minnesota court ruling: Senate recount to stretch into 2009

The recount of Minnesota's Senate race between Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, left, and Democrat Al Franken will stretch into next year.

The recount of Minnesota's Senate race between Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, left, and Democrat Al Franken will stretch into next year.

Minnesota's Supreme Court has approved a request by the campaigns of incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken to extend the deadline local election officials and the two campaigns have to finish sorting through improperly rejected absentee ballots to January 2, from the previous deadline of 31.

The canvassing board will have until January 4 to count the ballots, which will be delivered to the state unopened and uncounted, for voter privacy purposes.

That date doesn't mark the race's finish line: Both campaigns would still be able to challenge the state's count beginning the next day.

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Scott NYC Independent

    An inditment would end this whole thing and save millions for Minnesota taxpayers. If Coleman did something wrong then get the ball rolling. If the GOP is interferring then let a U.S. Attorney know.

    December 24, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Aaron

    Just declare Franken the winner already. Stop giving a sense of false hope to Republicans.

    December 24, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. What Would the Flying Spagetti Monster Do?

    Why do you never see Norm Coleman and Max Headroom in the same room? It's a mystery!

    December 24, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Sharon from Dumfries Virginia


    December 24, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. raagos


    December 24, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. naqib

    Al Franken... Wow...

    Good luck MN...

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

    December 24, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Franky

    Man, you know if it wasn't the GOP's "unfortunate time", why not run?? Al Franken is making Paris Hilton look good if she would ran, LOL!!

    December 24, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. MiMi

    Where you can be inches from indictment and still be inches from re-election. Even if Coleman wins the seat, it'll be kind of hard for him to cast his votes when he's in an orange jumpsuit in Leavenworth. Coleman is the Minnesota equivalent of Rod Blagojevich.
    What do you expect from a state that proudly elects a pro wrestler as governor and recently re-elects an openly homophobic fascist named Michelle "Hitler was right when he was talking about the gays" Bachmann? Bachmann would seriously round up blacks and gays if she had the chance.

    December 24, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Stacy from Leesburg VA

    That’s fantastic. I am elated at the fact that we still have an ongoing recount. At this rate, it is going to bleed over to the 2010 election. At some point, just declare a winner because neither side is going to be happy with the outcome.

    December 24, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    The fact that a comedian / talk show host can take a sitting senator to the mat like this speaks volumes about what kind of senator Coleman has been. The senate is actually "chock full" of jokers, so Franken will fit right in.

    December 24, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. MikeH

    I think those two should be allowed to go fight this out in a boxing match. Proceeds from tickets used to pay for Minnessota infrastucture needs.

    Franken would knock Coleman over the ropes and onto the floor in the first round, so Al would have to be told to hold back any KO until later, like the fifth round.

    December 24, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. windfall

    go Al!

    norm's a putz and dick cheney's boy.

    December 24, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    And the chaos continues... This continues to be a mess. Let me know when it is over.

    December 24, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |

    OY VE!

    Is things still going on? Concede already, Coleman!

    December 24, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. PoliticoMike

    So annoying!

    December 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Bubba Bruce

    Just keep counting them over and over until the Minnesota Mafia (the Democrats) have stuff the ballots with newly inked votes for the comedian Franken. The democrats in that state must be desperate to want a dirty-mouthed comedian as a senator.

    December 24, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Marge

    Well at least in Minnesota you get a fair count. When the republican is ahead it seems the GOP'er head to the courts and get the ballot counting stopped. bush wouldn't have won if they didn't.

    No matter who wins in Minnesota you have to applaud the fact that they didn't stop and counted all the valid ballots.

    December 24, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. bryan

    Wow, has that photo been retouched?! ? Norms got some fabulously bright chompers!

    December 24, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Enough Already

    WHO CARES!!!!!

    December 24, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. fred

    One Word. Ridiculous

    December 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Lee

    I'll be happy when this is over just so I don't have to see Coleman's swarmy face and TEETH all the time.

    Hope we never see this snake again except perhaps doing a perp walk in handcuffs.

    December 24, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. jack

    Coleman is a crook and wanted to shut down the recount, but got his in the end. Now that he is losing and won't be around next year to gum up the works we can all get a laugh out of Franken.

    December 24, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Norm's a Loser

    And another one bites, another one bites, another one bites the dust. Hey, hey, hey, another one bites the dust.

    December 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Rick

    Al Franken, who has run around for the past eight years claiming Bush "stole" the election of 2000 is in the process of election grand larceny and won't even bat an eye. Yet another example of democrat hypocrisy.

    December 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. I love their pictures

    Both look like they've had too much Helium

    December 24, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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