January 5th, 2009
01:06 PM ET
14 years ago

Coleman court request denied

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/05/art.getty.norm.coleman.jpg caption="Minnesota's high court denied Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign request to consider rejected ballots."]MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) - In a move that leaves a post-election legal challenge the last remaining hope for Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota's high court has denied his campaign's request to consider about 650 additional rejected absentee ballots his attorneys claimed should have been included in the count of mistakenly rejected ballots that were tallied this weekend.

The Coleman campaign had contended there was no uniform standard for local officials and campaigns to review and tabulate these improperly rejected ballots. The court had previously ordered that only ballots local officials and both campaigns could agree were rejected in error could be counted. A consensus was met on about 950 of 1,350 originally found by local officials.

The court order suggested Coleman's latest request should be a post-election consideration.

The Coleman camp said it was determined to take the question to court. "Today’s ruling, which effectively disregards the votes of hundreds of Minnesotans, ensures that an election contest is now inevitable,” said Coleman attorney Fritz Knaak. “The Coleman campaign has consistently and continually fought to have every validly cast vote counted, and for the integrity of Minnesota’s election system, we will not stop now. The Minnesota Supreme Court has made sure that an election contest will need to be filed quickly in order to ensure that an accurate and valid recount can be achieved.”

Minnesota's state canvassing board is expected to name Democrat Al Franken the winner of the recount later Monday. Franken now leads Coleman by a margin of 225 votes.

soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. Phil

    Democrat or Republican...no one can deny this recount was beyond shady.

    January 5, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Mike

    Fat ladies do sing in Minnesota after all. adios!

    January 5, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Typical GOP. If ya can't win at the ballot box, take it to court.

    Isn't banning frivolous lawsuits part of the Republican mantra?

    What a bunch of whiners and hypocrites.

    January 5, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. H


    January 5, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. I Toldyouso

    Norm, You lost! Bow out now and forego the lumps you will certainly take if you pursue the matter. The people have spoken and your backing of GW Bush cost you another term. How could anyone be so naive or stupid to endorse the worst president in the history of the US.?

    January 5, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Kevin in Texas

    I am a republican, but Mr. Coleman, it's time to give up. YOU LOST!
    It doesn't matter if you lose by one for or 10,000. All it takes as one vote to lose. Get over it, if the people of Minn. want you again, there is another election you can run in.
    Enough already!
    The republican party has really turned me off to the point where I'm ready to turn in my republican affiliation and go over to the Dem side.

    January 5, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    What happened to all the dems talking about count every vote. It was just a few weeks ago you were all talking about how every time that we have a recount repubs try to only count some of the votes. You even used 2000 as an example until many people reminded you that bush wanted to count all votes.

    Anyway they should institute a rule saying that all votes must be in by election day at the time the pols close. they should also institute a rule that sates that nay questionable ballots are a non vote. That would stop all this crap. Bush won fair and square in 2000 and i bet that Franken won fair and square this time. I can't stand Franken but if he won, he won.

    January 5, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Frank, Las Vegas

    Coleman, give it up already! You and the GOP are through, admit it and move on, or should I day go home.

    January 5, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Free Will

    Coleman the sore loser. YAY!!!!

    January 5, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Matthew

    To the person who thinks there should be another election – First, there were 3 people in the race for Senate... would you allow all three? Second – do you allow those that did not vote in Nov a chance to vote the second time around?

    Oh – and for those that think Dems "stole" this election, please review how many judges to the MN Supreme Court were appointed by (or tied to) Republican Governors.

    January 5, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Former Republican

    Funny how in 2000, the Republicans were all over the Dems for going to court over the election. Suddenly, they're the ones in the court over a loss.



    January 5, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Sue

    Sen Coleman, you should leave the state of Minnesota to the stupid liberals who would vote for a comedian as their senator. I would never consider living in such a hellhole. You can sit back and laugh at the idiocy that will come from the new MN senator, just as all his failed media ventures of the past. He appeals only to crazies.

    January 5, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. fred

    Enough decay Coleman! Republicans need to leave the room, its time to create some jobs.!

    January 5, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Dennis

    This has to be a bitter pill for Senator Coleman. In a year when the Obama freight train ran over the Republicans, Coleman made it a close race. Tells me the Minnesota electorate admired and appreciated him for the most part, and he should take some pride and solace in that. In his spare time he can send a note to the Bush/Cheney/Rove triumvirate saying "thanks for nothing you incompentent morons; you cost me the election".

    January 5, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Ken

    Ahh, the CNN moderators once again showing some PC towards the rightwingers. Certainly don't publish my few words of discouragement towrds them, it might offend the cretins and cause their panties to bunch up. We can't have them defending their pathetic policies in an open forum where they might get some feedback, now can we! Certainly their Messiah Rush doesn't operate in an open forum and accept feedback, so why should they?

    January 5, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. TCM

    There Franken,.....now, let's not give the same opportunity to Coleman, especially since some liberal judge can decide....
    they should hold an entirely new election from scratch...
    They should throw out the rule that a recount must continue until the democrat is ruled the winner.

    January 5, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. TCM

    Former Republican Army Wife – WOW...your comments are full of enlightement....typical liberal dem with head in the sand.....

    January 5, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. sammieb51

    It is no wonder why the Republicans don't like recounts - too bad the Dems didn't push for a better one in 2000! And now we get to listen to their whining about it. Oh and is there an issue with Franken being a former actor/comedian? Wasn't Reagan a former actor?

    January 5, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. sammieb51

    It is no wonder why the Republicans don't like recounts - too bad the Dems didn't push for a better one in 2000! And now we get to listen to their whining about it. Oh and is there an issue with Franken being a former actor/comedian? Wasn't Reagan a former actor?

    January 5, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Enough Already

    Minnesota's high court denied Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign request to consider rejected ballots.It is over!!!

    January 5, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. AP from Illinois

    Norm Coleman..perhaps you might want to touch base with Al Gore on how to handle a situation like this.

    And you right wingers...sour grapes goes both ways! It doesn't taste so good does it?

    And this election was only for senator. We had to endure an entire 8 years of arguably the worst President of all time as a result of a very similar unfair situation. Ah the irony...

    January 5, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. Kwesoe

    Once there was a man called Norm. He and his pal, Al contested for a senate seat. In the first round, Norm was declared the winner by 215 votes. Al asked for a recount and it turned out that there had been a mistake. It was actually Al who won by 215 votes in the first place. So, for putting him through such agony, the election officials added another 10 votes to his tally, giving him 225 votes to defeat Norm. Now, it's Norm who is asking for a recount. Me thinks this thing called Democracy does not sit well between friends.

    January 5, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. Maxx

    Actually in FL 2000 it was the George Bush Jr. campaign that took the election to the courts first and not the Al Gore campaign as is commonly thought. This shows how [re]publican propaganda gets believed, because our lazy right wing biased media do not do their job. Also, in FL 2000 the ballots were NOT recounted, the [re]publicans on The Supreme Court stopped that.

    Coleman's argument is bogus and he knows it too well. He is hoping for a judicial coup like that given to George Bush Jr. The votes WERE recounted to the agreed upon terms. Those terms were fine for Coleman while he was leading, now that he has lost the [re]publican, as usual, wants to bend the rules.

    The [re]publicans are just throwing a wrench in the system, they know that they will lose, but in the meantime there will be one less Democratic Senator. {Re]publicans claim that they are patriots, but their actions prove again and again that they are nothing but fascists.

    January 5, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. Andrew in MN

    Bob, I bet you failed or never took statistics. A swing of a couple hundred votes out of 3 million votes cast is nothing – no matter how perfect the system. To get it to ten votes or less like you claim is impossible.

    If you want entertainment, go back and read the press accounts and press releases from the Coleman campaign since the day after the election and see how their tone has changed over the past two months. Hilarious.

    January 5, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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