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. Becky, Midwest

    Ha! Ha! It's called karma, baby! Give it up, or just get the Supreme Court involved. They might appoint you. LOL

    January 5, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. California Gold

    At some point it's best to accept the situation with dignity and professionalism. Apparently this is not something Coleman is not capable of.

    January 5, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Venia

    Why can't rethuglicans for once do what is right for this country and play by the rules...

    January 5, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Jeff

    I love how missing ballots showed up in people's trunks or in other random places, but so many people don't see anything fishy taking place. Coleman won, but Franken stole the election.

    January 5, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Ken, TX

    What a bunch of whiners. Coleman lost, and that's that!

    January 5, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. jean in MN

    Coleman should concede the election – as he had originally recommended that Franken to do.

    January 5, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. MikeH

    Let's see what Republican Facist Party member John Cornyn tries to pull, if he tries to do something as constitutionally illegal as Bill Frist's Terry Sciavo legislation was.

    January 5, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. SMR

    I wish they would count all the rejected votes, but the Court said no Coleman. TIime to move on and take it like a man.

    January 5, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. enoughalready

    time to leave with what dignity, a man being investigated by the feds,has left.
    You would have had Franken leave w/o the recount ,as required by law, showing you for the scofflaw you are.

    January 5, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    Ah, I love it when crooks lose.

    January 5, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. Barb

    HMMMM he was ahead in the original count, but behind in the re-count?? That just doesn't seem right?

    January 5, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Jonathan

    Norm Coleman fought a good fight.
    But he was unable to keep his lead in the recount...plain and simple.
    You could draw this out longer with messy legal battles Norm.
    But the honorable thing to do is to bow out gracefully.
    Like Al Gore did.
    At least you had the benefit of a recount Norm.
    The democratic party had to swallow that painful jagged pill, and it has stuck in their throat ever since.
    Count your blessings Norm, and bow out gracefully, with dignity.
    You lost Norm.
    It's ok.

    January 5, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Jim in MN

    I love it. Norm agreed on the 950 that were counted. They counted them. He lost. Now he wants another 650 recounted. Face it, Norm. you lost. Get over it. Quit wasting the time and money of the MN tax payers, don't take this to court and let us have our second senate seat occupied.

    January 5, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Ben

    strike 3..you're out!!!

    January 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Walt

    Justice will pervail, eventually. Way to go, Franken. Tell all the Republicans to turn out the lights in their Headquarters when they retire from the fray. Their day is ended for many, many years.

    January 5, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Debbie

    Come on Mr. Coleman, don't be like someone esle we all know!

    January 5, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Jackie in Dallas

    I agree, Senator Coleman...your term has expired. Move on and maybe learn something from what this election should have taught you. Run again the next election, and maybe you'll get your seat back - if you can convince your electorate that you will really represent THEM and not the big business whose pockets you've been in.

    January 5, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Jack in Florida

    The fat lady is singing Norm.......can you hear her song???

    January 5, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Denise

    Coleman, give it up, ok? You lost! Talk about somebody feeling a strong sense of entitlement! Very arrogant man!

    January 5, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. aa

    another republican "bites the dust"

    January 5, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Eric

    This process was going to continue until Franken won. That's what people wanted the outcome to be. Its amazing what a discrace our democratic process is.

    January 5, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. tom

    good bye coleman and good ridance

    January 5, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Richard Larson

    Apparently losing in court doesn't faze lawyers who have sworn to uphold the decisions of the court? I guess that stealing votes has become an honorable way of contesting an election. They won in Florida in 2000, why not in Minnesota in 2008?

    Well, I'm afraid not this time. The court doesn't seem to be amenable to prolonging an election. They're saying, seat the senator first, then contest the validity of the votes. My guess is that the fional score will be: Frankin 1; Coleman 0. A great day for Minnesota and America.

    January 5, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Ana

    Just like Joseph Stalin said: "It's not the people who vote who count. It's the people who count the votes."

    A profound comment that holds true again and again in our elections.

    January 5, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Kenneth

    I believe we are overlooking the "BIG" picture. Are either of these candidates really capable of representing their constituents? It appears to me that there is an air of self-servitude instead of constituent-servitude. These actions do not comply to the change that we need but to the politics as usual adage. Count all the votes and let the chips fall where they may but in my opinion neither of these gentlemen should be afforded a voice in the Senate.

    January 5, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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