February 16th, 2009
06:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Coleman to judges: Reconsider your ruling

 Coleman attorneys want Minnesota judges to reconsider a recent ruling.
Coleman attorneys want Minnesota judges to reconsider a recent ruling.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) - Republican Norm Coleman's attorneys Monday sent a letter to the three judges overseeing the election trial asking them to reconsider their game-changing ruling from Friday that put significant limits on the types of rejected absentee ballots they want examined.

The judges on Friday outlined about a dozen categories of ballots that should not be counted because they said those categories of ballots were not legally cast under Minnesota law. Those included ballots in which signatures didn't match, those submitted by non-registered voters or those inside a return envelope not signed by the voter.

But Coleman, who is seeking to add more rejected ballots to the recount of his November 4 race with Democrat Al Franken for a U.S. Senate seat, argued that not including all of about 4,800 ballots he wants re-examined was a matter of equal protection.

In their letter sent to the court Monday, Coleman's team is arguing that "likely thousands" of the ballots that had been sifted through during the recount process could have fallen under these now-taboo categories.

"Without a remedy, we will be faced with a widespread equal protection problem that would not only violate the law, but create Constitutional legal issues that would only delay this process further," Coleman attorney Ben Ginsberg said.

The court also ruled that absentee ballots dropped off on election day and absentee ballot applications that were not signed would not be reconsidered.

After these new guidelines defining legitimate ballots, Coleman's attorneys estimated that around 3,300 ballots might be eligible for re-examination.

There is no word on when the court could issue another order on this, if they decide to at all.

The state's hand recount completed in early January and gave Democrat Al Franken a lead of 225 votes. The trial moved into its fourth week of proceedings on Monday.


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soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Coleman you lost! Give it up!

    February 16, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  2. Robert O.

    "Umm, no. They wanted no recount, which is why they kept going to court. And in different jurisdictions, they argued for different standards for counting ballots based on whether the area was favorable to them or not (leniency in pro-GOP areas, strict enforcement of rules in Dem areas). I know Republicans like to rewrite history, but at least stay in the general vicinity of the facts, please."

    Uh, no. Al Gore only could have "won" florida with overvotes, which are invalid, whatever fantasies you have to the contrary notwithstanding.

    February 16, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  3. Reader511

    Norm, you LOST. Have the grace and decency to admit it and move on. Your continued actions rob the fine state of Minnesota of its right to have 2 senators working for its constituents, and you look ridiculous and like a sore loser in the process.

    February 16, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. arivera

    More sore loser republicans. And Norm, you have got the skinniest neck I have ever seen. Man you need to jack some roids from arnhold and rambo.

    February 16, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  5. GP

    Coleman demonstrates the ever shifting principles of the GOP. Play by the rules until you start losing, then change the rules so you can keep winning.

    And don't even get me start on the GOP's lack of independent thinkers. Look at the house and senate repubs, all but three senate repubs are against America.

    February 16, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  6. Stu

    Can you say "toast"? Give it up Normo, how ridiculous do you want them to remember you as? YOU LOST. GO AWAY.

    February 16, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  7. Dave

    Norm Coleman clearly does not understand the signs that he has been given from someone that he should not be in politics. First he loses to a former wrestler for Gov. of Min. and now losing to a comedian in a senate race. He is so desperate to keep his seat that he is damaging his reputation more and more everyday he fights on. By fighting on with this and standing everything here, he has already hindered one vote from the senate in one of the most important bills of our time. When is this guy going to just give up?

    February 16, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. The Truth

    I'm willing to bet most of the Minnesota Supreme Court justices are democrats.....they waited until Weird Al Franken took the lead and then changed the rules. Typical democrat thievery.

    February 16, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  9. Donna

    Matthew, Detroit – My thoughts exactly. Your comment regarding the vetting of Obama's recent Cabinet choices (earlier article)was even better! So funny....yet, so true.

    February 17, 2009 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  10. jacq

    Rethugs the fat lady can't hold this note forever

    February 17, 2009 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  11. H R Mickelson

    Bush got away with it, Coleman thinks he can as well.

    February 17, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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