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

Coleman court request denied

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

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. Tired of this!

    Coleman wanted to cherry-pick ballots in areas he did well in. Play by the rules, Mr. Coleman. You lost this thing...

    January 5, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Mike, Syracuse NY

    OK Dems, let's hear your outrage on not counting all the votes? Oh, I guess that only applies if your guy is behind, huh?

    January 5, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Fenarkleman

    With that, Pete Tagliani has officially become part of the U.S. Senate. Yea! Goodbye Winfield Adcock.

    January 5, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Turn out the lights Coleman......the party is over for you.

    January 5, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Deb

    Coleman turn the lights out....it's over

    January 5, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Paul from NYC

    “The Coleman campaign has consistently and continually fought to have every validly cast vote counted"

    Was Mr. Knaak able to say this with a straight face?

    January 5, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Michael

    Coleman could always change parties again and run for Minnetonka Dog Catcher.

    January 5, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Laura

    Just give it up Coleman. You lost. Now put on your big boy pants and concede.

    January 5, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. vincent - phoenix

    Ohhhhhhh!

    sa-winng and a miss........

    January 5, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Amber

    It was close, but you lost, Coleman.
    The era of Republican wins based on close losses are over.

    January 5, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. naqib

    Minn elected Al Franken... LOL

    Says a lot about the education system in those parts... welcome to the Democrat party Al... should be a blast having you in DC's inner circle... ha ha... this is rich... Bet the Kennedy's, Kerry's, Clintons, etc will have the welcome wagon out... BE PROUD MINN... YOU DID IT!

    January 5, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. HelpTheAmericanPeople

    Coleman Go Home Al Franken won fair and square

    January 5, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Nick

    Coleman will do anything to win, but he's gonna go.
    I can't wait to hear the rage on rush limbaugh's lips when his arch rival for several years becomes a senator and he himself becomes more and more irrelevant as time goes on.

    January 5, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. richard

    Franken has gotten more votes than voters

    January 5, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. t

    move on it is over.............

    January 5, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Why is Coleman fighting so hard?

    I wonder if he has nothing to fall back on or if hes interested in the recent raises that the congress just approved for themselves. Why is he fighting so hard for a post that doesn't belong to him?

    Its time someone ask him this question. If half the folks of MN didnt vote for him, he should know that hes not so deserving of the post after 4yrs in the Senate. He should have won by a landslide.

    Its time for him to go away...unless hes got some promises to the contractors that fixed his house that hes trying to fight for...say another BAILOUT to them.

    January 5, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. worriedmom

    ok so Franken won, but he had to cheat to win. Crooked as usual! Another comic in the seat! Republicans don't need to do anything to the Democrats, they are destroying themselves. Let's see what Harry Reid does next with Burris.

    January 5, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Ana

    "It's not the people who vote that count. It's the people who count the votes." (Josef Stalin)

    January 5, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Senator Al Franken........it has a nice ring to it!

    Now, the real "Al Franken decade" can finally begin!

    Good luck with your legal problems citizen Coleman.

    January 5, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. Tammy - KCMO

    This has gone on long enough. Get over it – you've lost.

    January 5, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Mobius

    Why is it that this party has a newfound love of disenfranchising voters?

    Now Minnesota joins Michigan and Florida among the ranks of the States whose votes simply don't count...and they don't care about you.

    If every vote counts, why not count every vote?

    January 5, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. Matthew

    Coleman wanted to cherry pick? What about Al "Count Every Vote...Unless They Didn't Vote For Me" Franken? Hypocrisy at its worst. I'd feel sorry for Minnesotans except you brought this on yourselves. Unfortunately it's ultimately going to affect the country as a whole.

    January 5, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. Barb

    First he didn't want to count any additional ballots. Then when he started losing, he wanted his areas' votes counted only. What a loser, in more ways than one!

    January 5, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Laverne

    Franken's 50 ballot lead is now 250+. Coleman, if you play nice and concede, maybe just maybe you will get an invitation to Obama's inauguration, hee hee!

    January 5, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. MH from STL

    Good job Minnesota! I think you folks got yourselves an excellent candidate because ole Al isn't for that BS! Coleman your time is up...

    January 5, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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