February 16th, 2009
06:25 PM ET
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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. Missy

    Ray Ray? That name says it all. At least Coleman got his day in court which is more than can be said for Al Gore.

    February 16, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  2. Justin from New Haven, CT

    This is freaking ridiculous.

    February 16, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. texasgreenacres

    THE PARTY IS OVER. THE LIGHTS NEED TO BE TURNED OFF, QUIT SCREAMING YOU LOST GO HOME!

    February 16, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. bs

    What Coleman needs to do is have a prayer meeting like when Nixon and Kissenger got on their knees and prayed in the oval office.

    February 16, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. Tulsa L

    Oh for pete sake, even if the Supreme Count did let all the ballots be counted and Coleman still loses, what will he come up with next........he just can't admit he has lost and let it go........move on Coleman and get a life and it isn't in the Senate......this is a true Republican

    February 16, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. Lilly Rose

    Blast it man, why don't you just shut up! Nobody wants to hear OR SEE you and that big pie hole of yours flapping in the breeze. Don't you Repubs know when to quit? Your quarrel isn't with Franken, it's with Minnesota law. Republicans are all about the letter of the law, right? Well deal with it.

    February 16, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. TEXAS/PHIL

    COLEMAN, GIVE IT UP, YOU WILL NOT WIN THE JUDGES ARE ALL DEMOCROCKS.........

    February 16, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  8. A.A

    Wow Coleman! maybe you should just try next time. Give up because honestly nothings going to change!! YOU LOST.

    February 16, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. You Betcha !!!

    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!*** He did steal the ELECTION ......Now Shut the H_LL UP!!!

    February 16, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. Matt in MN

    So despite the fact that the recount committee, determined that any measure which could help Coleman, they didn't have the power to decided upon and it would have be settled by the courts (and likewise, just about any decision which helped Franken they went ahead and did) - Coleman should just stop perusing the legal process he's allowed, and the same process the recount committee told both candidates to do?

    That makes a whole lot of sense..

    February 16, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. Tyler

    Why is everyone pushing this to end? Should not Coleman have equally tallied votes? This sounds like corruption. I don't understand why almost all of the people on this website are for ONE PARTY. Democracy thrives in a multi party elected government, one party is NEVER always right. One more republican in the senate can't hurt.

    February 16, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  12. HAWK TEXAS

    WHY ISN'T THIS DING BAT IN JAIL YET. HE IS UNDER INDITEMENT AND HE LOST THE ELECTION . IT IS TIME TO MOVE ON.

    February 16, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. bankrupt USA

    Coleman's judge bashing is getting ridiculous. Sounds like a sore loser who can't accept the election result. Maybe he is trying to follow Bush's example in 2000 by trying to win the election despite another candidate getting more votes.

    February 16, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  14. Sherman

    I voted for Coleman through absentee ballot. I received confirmation that my ballot was counted. However, I accept that Coleman did NOT win the election and that Franken did. To be honest, let's just get Minnesota representation in congress. This is being prolonged too long and Minnesota is the only state without equal representation right now. Let's stop playing games, Coleman, and move on already.

    BTW, ACORN did not win the election – the Supreme Court made the decision and people need to respect the decisions of the courts. The Courts (all state and federal Supreme Courts) protect people based on the constitution. This is not in the hands of legislators or individual people, but a group of people who understand law. Let's stop debating the topic and respect Supreme Court decisions.

    February 16, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  15. Lori

    Just another Republican trying to steal another election. Look what happened to the country when they allowed the other one to steal the election. We won't let that happen again, Norm!

    February 16, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  16. kelly

    You got it right, bought election illegal ACORN doing their dirty work. I hope Coleman takes it to the US Supreme Court. You Dems want a dried up X-comedian as a Senator. You dems are a sorry bunch.

    You like to exterminate babies, free welfare for everyone. Your bunch of Elected Officials are multi millionaires and they dare say a thing about the Republicans. Nancy Pelosi is worth a half billion dollars, Harry Reid has about a half billion and so on and so on. Educate your selves, get online and read, you will be shocked. And, they give workers an extra $18.00 a week in their paycheck. They have free health care (the best in the United States) and they are going to decide who can see a Doctor???? Give me a break.

    Fight Norm Coleman, keep fighting, the election was a bought one with nothing but Chicago gansters getting into the white house.

    Everyone stand up and fight.

    February 16, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. TheThinker

    Mike, why is it that the GOP is constantly scapegoating ACORN to justify recounts? ACORN has as much power as a flea in actuality. There is no "broad conspiracy" as some of you claim.

    February 16, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  18. Enough Already

    @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!
    Bush did Steal the Election ask JEB....Idiot!!!

    February 16, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  19. Steve- BTR

    Coleman and the same republicans that were screaming for Gore to quit fighting for Florida are now urging Coleman to continue to fight as long as it takes. Nobody ever said the republicans were consistant but this seems a bit of a stretch to me. Face it, Coleman, you lost to Jack Handy.

    February 16, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  20. Joe Terrogano

    Buck teeth, a pointed index finger, an open mouth, and a hollow head.

    February 16, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  21. Dale in GA

    Ray Ray says the same people who wish Coleman would go away are the ones who said Bush stole the election. Don't you think it is time we had a court rule in the Democrats' favor? You're not a hypocrite as long as you are Republican and the court is ruling in YOUR favor, right?

    February 16, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  22. Tim

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

    Hypocrites!
    -----–
    It's not hypocritical if, in fact, Bush stole the election!

    February 16, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  23. Carl Justus

    Another republican who squeals like a pig when he does not get what he wants. Has his hands in all the rich mens pockets and refuses to believe he actually lost. They think the world owes them the right to rule and when they get the chance they do not know their rear ends from a hole in the budget.

    They do not pay their debts, they give the richest the biggest tax cut in history and then BORROW 1.90 BILLION DOLLARS A DAY FOR EIGHT YEARS AND TRY CONVINCE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT IS THE WAY TO KEEP GOING AND IT WILL BRING A GROWING ECONOMY. THEY FORGET THAT WE HAD A GROWING ECONOMY IN 2000 AND HAVE LOST 5 MILLION JOBS, BORROW ANOTHER 6 TRILLION DOLLARS, AND THE DOW HAS WENT FROM 10,500 PLUS TO LESS THAN 8,000, THE NASDAQ HAS WENT FROM 4200 PLUS TO 1500 AND THEY CALL THAT GOOD GOVERNMENT.

    February 16, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  24. Trish A

    There's a time for everything under Heaven. This is not Coleman's time. Accept it, move on.

    February 16, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. demo in PA

    coleman should go away and take that other dummy with you franken
    the clown

    February 16, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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