March 6th, 2009
03:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Minnesota high court denies Franken call for election certification

(CNN) - Minnesota's high court has denied Democrat Al Franken's request to force the state to issue a certification of election results in the U.S. Senate race while the case continues to be appealed.

Franken currently holds a 225-vote lead over Republican Norm Coleman, who has filed suit over his allegation that some valid absentee ballots may not have been counted. The state’s governor, Republican Tim Pawlenty, and Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie have both said that they will not sign a certification of that election that would make the current count official until that lawsuit is resolved.

The decision means the trial, now wrapping its sixth week of testimony, will continue uninterrupted.

In a statement, Coleman spokesman Ben Ginsberg called the ruling “a victory for Minnesota Law and Minnesotans.”

“This wise ruling will ensure that Harry Reid, Al Franken and Chuck Schumer cannot short-circuit Minnesota Law in their partisan power play,” Ginseberg added.

A spokeswoman for Franken did not immediately respond for a request for response.


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soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. Laura, Boston

    Way to go MN Supreme Court!

    March 6, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Tim

    Where are the tickers on Michael Steele being asked to resign???

    March 6, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Connie Niehus

    The Republicans will continue to fund this delay to keep the Democrats from having another senator. They ended the count in the 2000 presidential election in less time. What a farce our election process has become.

    March 6, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. scott

    Its a stupid tie!!! Only 225 votes. They might as well do the election over. I know it costs money but they have instilled little confidence in the election.

    March 6, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Dawn

    Please get your act together, this is getting redundant!

    March 6, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. KG, Twin Cities

    If this drags on much longer, Coleman will be in two courtrooms at one time –a) the senatorial case and b) his corruption case.

    March 6, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Jason (from Chicago)

    The officals in charge of the recount declared Fraken the winner. Coleman needs to accept the fact that he lost and give up.

    March 6, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Phil

    By the time this appeal is over, it will be time for another election anyway. Ugh, just end it Coleman – stop stealing Al Gore's act

    March 6, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. anything but california ~ hugh

    Minnesota is the laughing stock of all politics. How long can they drag on this fiasco? It is almost too absurd to believe.

    March 6, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Eleanor

    Norm coleman needs to quit acting like a spoiled kid who loss his toy in the sand box
    Grow up and admit defeat and let Franken take his senate seat!!
    You LOST... live with it buddy and move on !!

    March 6, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Keith

    Just imagine how things would be different if the U.S. Supreme Court had been as careful as the Minnesota Court is being now. The world would be so much better off.

    March 6, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Jon in CA

    In the most mocking "Simpson Show" laugh: HNA-HA!

    March 6, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Brian

    This is ridiculous. It's like Minnesota doesn't even want to seat a second senator at all.

    March 6, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. arithmetic is liberal

    Either way, just get it wrapped up.

    Also – the longer this "trial" goes, the more votes keep getting lobbed into Franken's column.

    Coleman wanted a whole host of absentee ballots counted, and it turned out that most of them were for Franken. Coleman then made a motion to get them dismissed.

    As someone from the MN Court said "Coleman is in a judicial bubble that is fast running out of oxygen"

    So if Franken's forcing of the issue was denied, then it's just a matter of time.

    And more time. And time still. And time again. *sigh*

    March 6, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Jobless

    With his frivilous lawsuits Coleman has disgraced himself and his state. For that he should withdraw his lawsuits and allow the people's elected Senator to take office. The people are entitled to their Senator even if Coleman disagrees with the choice they made.

    March 6, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Frank

    I don't ever want to hear the republicans complain about how the democrats are the party of lawyers anymore! Obviously, the republicans are the ones who like filing the lawsuits!

    March 6, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Glennis

    The Democrats love to accuse others of "stealing" elections when the truth of the matter is they're the masters of the art. Shameful.

    March 6, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. Angie in Pa

    Just give it to Franken Already jeeez

    March 6, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. cruiserGT

    Honestly, we would all be better of if all our Congressman went home!... especially if they would take the White House with them.

    March 6, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. alvino

    The republicans get another day to thwart the true outcome of the Minnesota election. If Coleman was half a man (instead of an empty suit) he would have conceded, so Minnesota could have ther full representation in the senate. Another 'me first' right wingnut.

    March 6, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. lovable liberal

    Look, I accept this denial of the Franken motion. The process is playing out very slowly, but that's how our legal system works.

    Maybe this will make Sen. Franken interested in court reform when he's finally seated in 2010.

    March 6, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. the idiot

    Brian@you are right and looking at the Senate, we are proabably all better off without one.

    March 6, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Bill Lumbergh

    Norm, we're gonna need to go ahead and move you downstairs into storage B. We have some new people coming in, and we need all the space we can get. So if you could just go ahead and pack up your stuff and move it down there, that would be terrific, OK?

    March 6, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. sick n tired of being a victim of cowardly CNN moderators

    WOW!!!! Is this still dragging on? What a joke! You people need to "hang it up" on having any more elections seriously! Is it so cold up there in Moronnisota that you all suffer from brain freeze or what? Come on already...........Jeez!

    March 6, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. KC

    Good - troop hater. Can't stand that idiot.

    March 6, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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