February 16th, 2009
06:25 PM ET
5 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. Patty in the CA mountains

    You gotta know when to fold 'em Norm......

    February 16, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. payback

    THE FAT LADY has song......coleman, it's OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!....republicans have no shame...................

    February 16, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. Gene

    Will this ever end? Just let them throw down to decide the winner :)

    February 16, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. Rorschach

    Waaah.

    Signed, Norm Coleman

    February 16, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. I voted for change!!!!!

    It's not looking good for you former Senator Coleman.

    February 16, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. Gerry

    It is so funny to watch a republican caught cheating and not able to get judges to follow his lead. What's wrong with these guys?

    Coleman-go deal with your FBI investigation.

    February 16, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  7. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    SHUT UP AND GO HOME, COLEMAN.... YOU LOST

    February 16, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  8. Flo

    Comedy of errors.........................will this ever end or is the RNC planning 10 years of appeals.

    RNC: Obstructionists; Party of "NO", Insensitive Clowns, and all around jerks. LET MY PEOPLE GO..............................

    February 16, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  9. Hnnh?

    Isn't this the same guy who said he'd forgo a recount if he was Franken back in November. And I thought elephants never forgot....

    February 16, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. S. Burns

    Those categories sound reasonable to me. It's the Republicans who keep screaming about all the voter fraud in this country. Now they want unsigned ballots and ballots without matching signatures to count.

    February 16, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. Rudy

    Wow, I just remember reading when Coleman told Franken, that he should forgo a recount (when he was behind), for the better of the people of Minnesota and for the Country. Now Coleman seems to have shifted gears when it suits him. In the 2000 when the supreme court ruled (made their appt) Gore backed down, well Norm the Minn Supreme Court has made a ruling, so deal with it!!!!!

    February 16, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. Diana NJ

    At first I did not care which got in... but he way Coleman is fighting for this position makes me believe his vote for the GOP to stall all the President wants to do is the main thing they are after... not someone to represent the citizens of the state.

    February 16, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  13. Matthew, Detroit

    NEW VOTE.

    FRANKEN CHEATED.

    MORE VOTES THAN REGISTERED VOTERS. FACT.

    PURPLE DYE ON YOUR THUMB. ONE PERSON ONE VOTE.

    NO DEAD PEOPLE. NO PEOPLE FROM CHICAGO. START OVER.

    February 16, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. S Callahan

    What is so covetant about this job that men are now fighting to the death for?

    Let it go Colemen..there will be another election ..someday.

    February 16, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. Minnesota Voter

    Senator Coleman is a hypocrite. He claimed victory, but then after he lost through the careful and responsible recount, he wanted to force a game changer through the courts. This is typical Coleman style. He switched parties after pretending to be a democrat, he failed the neighborhoods of St. Paul for one big business, his cronies got lucrative jobs after forging government deals, and on and on. Senator Coleman has been a disgrace to Minnesota. It is time for change. I don't know if Senator Franken is it, but he deserves the chance. Thank goodness the Minnesota courts seem to have a level head about them. More than the Supreme Court ever did.

    February 16, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. Matthew, Detroit

    How is Coleman the loser when after the election he holds a 250 vote

    advantage and then after the count a 225 vote disadvantage.

    Give me a break. It sounds like it was close but that just shows you

    they shoveled in 475 + votes for Franken while building a nice buffer for the courts. Gore tried to steal the Florida election and failed. Franken and ACORN learned their lesson. They are much better at cheating and stealing elections than they ever have. Dead people voted for Kennedy in the 60's. Democrats have been cheating for years.

    February 16, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. C.S.A republicans

    Anybody have a pair of dirty socks we can stuff his mouth with?hahaha

    February 16, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  18. Gabriel

    Ray Ray
    Its apples and oranges buddy
    .....Bush became president as I recollect.......

    This is a waste of taxpayer money and right now there is enough waste of our money over the past eight years that we will be paying for generations to come!!!!

    Little different here lets MOVE ON!!!!!

    February 16, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  19. Frank, Las Vegas

    Coleman, enough all ready! It's over, You Lost, go home and let your state have its two Senators as it deserves. No Norm, you're not one of them.

    February 16, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  20. Eric

    RayRay...

    The problem with your statement is that Bush (or at least the Republicans) DID steal the election, while Franken WON the election.

    Therefore, a different scenario entirely.

    February 16, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Xavier

    Ray, Ray,
    Bush did steal the election, and look at what a fine mess he made of the country. As for Coleman, he is a sad joke who is putting his own needs before those of the people he wants to continue to represent. The man is a selfish and arrogant. I guess that you can say that he is your typical republican.

    February 16, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. natasha in tally

    Give it up already you lost. Republicans really gotta learn how to bow out gracefully.

    February 16, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. Larry

    Ray Ray February 16th, 2009 6:44 pm ET

    Funny – all the libs chiding Coleman to "go away" are the same one's saying Bush stole the election!

    Hypocrites!
    -------------------------------
    Amen– we are still hearing them whine about Gore,almost 9 years later.

    February 16, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. Chad

    How many more Republican's are going to keep saying what a joke it is to put an entertainer into office? What was Ronald Reagan? How about the Govenator! Last time I checked they are/were both entertainers. Sure, Al has had some rather corny roles, but Arnolds role in "Junior," you know the one where he played a pregnant man, didn't win any Oscars either.

    February 16, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. Larry

    Ray Ray February 16th, 2009 6:44 pm ET

    Funny – all the libs chiding Coleman to "go away" are the same one's saying Bush stole the election!
    Hypocrites!
    -------------------------------
    Amen– we are still hearing them whine about Gore,almost 9 years later.

    February 16, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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