February 16th, 2009
06:25 PM ET
9 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.

Filed under: Al Franken • Norm Coleman
soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. Enough Already

    Norm plz take your long face A$$ home!!!

    February 16, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. Byron in Minneapolis

    "Funny – all the libs chiding Coleman to "go away" are the same one's saying Bush stole the election!"
    And all the Rethuglicans who want him to stick around are the same people who held up signs proclaiming 'Sore-Losermann' in 2000 when Gore made his legal challenges!
    Its fun being a hypocrite isn't it?

    February 16, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    There we go again, another Republican presuming that justice is only done when the decision is in his favor.

    February 16, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. Robert in CT

    This guy is so lame. I cannot believe anyone in MN can stand such a sore loser (and I not only supported but donated to McCain, I am not politically disinclined to Coleman's party).

    Coleman, give up your sleaze-fest.

    February 16, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. Dirk

    Hey Ray Ray,
    Not too bright are you?

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

    You should look up the word hypocrite to see what it actually means. Then re-read what you wrote and see if it makes ANY sense.

    February 16, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |

    Ray Ray;;;;;; get together with Mike and go play with each other, your both too stupid to know where you live so why sould we listen to you two stupids

    February 16, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. raagos


    DO FOR US.


    February 16, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  8. Tanya kujath

    HOW SAD!

    February 16, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  9. Courtney in Vegas

    Mike – Houston
    Who's pulling your strings???????

    February 16, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  10. Paul H

    Why in this day and age is there any controversy at all over the counting of ballots? If there is any rules at all follow the rules, if there isn't then isn't it about time we made some?

    February 16, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. Retired Rev

    Mr. Coleman needs to be an honorable gentleman and stand down, just as Mr. Gore did in the presidential election, 8 years ago.

    February 16, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  12. Simmy

    I agree with Coleman. Judges, please reconsider your ruling concerning hearing this matter. Dismiss this insult of a case. Whose paying for the court's time in these proceedings?

    February 16, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  13. Brian

    Ray Ray is right. Isn't a fair recount all we Gore voters really wanted? That's all Coleman is asking for. And read the whole article before posting please. Coleman is NOT asking for forged ballots to be counted. He's saying that some of the ballots in the last recount fell under categories the court is now calling prohibited.

    February 16, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  14. Targar

    You lost Coleman. Get over it and move on

    February 16, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. Frank563

    Norm, we are all sorry and tearful you won't get the Senate pension since you did not serve that second term, now it is time to get a real job just like the rest of us!

    February 16, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  16. Mark

    For a guy whose teeth look false, so do his hopes in trying to gain the upper hand. He has lost, that ought to give him something to 'chew' on.

    February 16, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  17. E. Elliott

    Coleman only lost because the people realize he is a loser. The controversy is because the winner is not much better. We need an option in this country on every election of "none of the above". If that selection wins then try again with new candidates. Acorn? Why do some hate having every one vote? Oh, yes, they voted for Bush in 2000.

    February 16, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. mary,florida

    Tyler-One more republican and we have to listen to the Old Wrinkly Party complain.

    February 16, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  19. Sami

    What is this about? Is Coleman and the GOP just trying to pursue this long enough so that Franken can't vote on too many of the President's measures? This has gone on long enough. Coleman now wants ballots that are clearly unacceptable to be counted. Since when did ballots that weren't signed allowed to be counted? Or ballots from unregistered voters? The judges need to stop this farce.

    February 16, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  20. The Thinker

    Writing a letter to a Supreme Court (or any court) to WHINE about a ruling of the court is not likely to be taken very seriously. I'm not even a law student and I can tell you that just whining about a ruling without having any valid legal argument for your position will probably result in your getting laughed out of the courtroom by the judges.

    The recount is over, and it is clear that you lost. Why don't you accept that fact and let the people of the great state of Minnesota get on with their lives?

    February 16, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Give it up Coleman , move on !
    And buy a new tie , please!

    February 16, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  22. Eleanor

    Coleman needs to stop acting like a kid
    You LOST move on and let the person who was voted in take his seat
    Grow Up!!
    You will not be missed!!
    Hes just another sulky mouth piece like McCain and Lindsay Graham
    Americans are sick of all of your rants!!!

    February 16, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  23. Adam from Ohio

    Norm! Come on, now. You are denying your state representation in the Senate for your little vanity project. THE ENTIRE WORLD ISN'T AGAINST YOU, Smilin' Norm. Just the facts! Move on!

    February 16, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  24. John

    Norm – give it up dude, your acting like a loser more than ever.

    February 16, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. Eugene

    I think he's asking the voters for another chance, maybe a fat one!

    February 16, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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