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. H-ROD

    GOOD, IT'S OVER TO THE WINNER GOES THE SPOILS AL FRANKEN HAS WON FAIR AN SQUARE AND TO COLEMAN THE PEOPLE SAY (ENOUGH)!!!! THIS THING HAS GONE ON LONG ENOUGH !!!! YOU LOST !!! AL FRANKEN IS THE NEW DEMOCRATED SENATOR FROM MINNESOTA !!!!

    January 5, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Kevin in Ohio

    It is now absolutely clear that the dems have stolen this election.

    January 5, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Kevin in Ohio

    To Tired of this: What the heck do you think Al Gore was trying to do when he wanted to do recounts ONLY in the three heavily democrat counties in Florida?

    January 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. david Armendale, SF, CA

    Not only has Coleman lost fair and square, but he owes it to the American voters to step aside after he and his fellow Republicans failed to protect us on 9-11, rushing us into a foolish and needless war, and for running up record deficits and driving our economy into a ditch.

    January 5, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. Sally

    Oh, dear God... amke it stop already!!

    January 5, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Jake

    If we consider Al Franken won due to popularity, then why are we not allowing the Military Ballot's to be counted which would place Coleman up by 400+votes. Al Franken is a joke (always has been and always will) and funded by big money (Soros) which is the reason this decision will continue being hammered in the courts.

    January 5, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Linda from Minnesota

    See ya, Norm. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Buh bye!!!!

    January 5, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Jennifer in CA

    All I see are voices from everywhere besides Minnesota. Where are the Minnesotans? It was their votes and their rules that have allowed this to get as far as it has.

    January 5, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Get over it

    Yep, count the votes until their guy gets ahead and then deny all further vote counts, just like they did in Washington state 2 years ago.

    Why not count ALL of the votes for a change??????

    And this from the state that elected Jessie "The Body" Ventura to be their govenor a few years back.

    I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

    January 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Karen - Atlanta

    For the love of God Coleman give it up! The Republicans are such sore losers... Franken beat you and your time is up! Gosh the elections are over and it's time to heal this country. We need to get every representative in place and ready to hit the road running Jan. 20th...

    January 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Former Republican Army Wife

    HAHAHA Kevin in Ohio, all you comments on all these articles blast the Democrats and add nothing of any value to any of the conversations. A little bitter are we?

    January 5, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Jake

    Since the decision cannot be made who won the Senate Seat, I suggest that they have another election with Franken and Coleman, but monitored by local voter's to ensure honesty. I'll bet the results would shock most people in Minnesota. Frankenstein would end up the loser, which he already is.

    January 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Karen - Atlanta

    For the love of God Coleman, GIVE IT UP! The Republicans are such sore losers... Franken beat you and your time is up! Gosh the elections are over and it's time to heal this country. We need to get every representative, senator, congressman in place so we can be ready to hit the ground running Jan. 20th...

    Enough is enough and the fat lady has sung.

    January 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Mike Pittsburgh

    Uh Ken, it was Al Gore in 2000 who took Florida 2000 to the courts after losing the initial count, the first recount, the second recount. He wanted to change all the counting rules in select counties. The initial Florida court denied Al Gore's request, the Democratic Florida Supreme Court ordered another recount with a change in the the counting standards state-wide (which is what Norm Coleman wants to do here), then the US Supreme Court effectively told the Florida Supreme Court they could not do that. So substitute Norm Coleman for Al Gore and that's what we have here.

    January 5, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Al Frankenstein

    Your worst nightmare has come true.

    January 5, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Laverne

    Oh Kevin from OH: If the dems did steal the election, they learned it from the best stealers (repubs). The dems has stolen nothing, the American people are just sick and tired of what they have been getting for the past 8 years, it is as simple as that!

    January 5, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Will-South Dakota

    I would hope Franken would give a weekly commentary of the Senates proceedings and expose how deals are brokered before they get to a vote, comment on how many lobbyists make it to the senate floor and do live interviews with lobbyists.....now that would be good humour.

    January 5, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Hey Stormin' Norman. you lost .....it's done......move on!

    Good grief!!! I hate desperate politicians!

    January 5, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. ANGIE

    What dont you understand Coleman THE COUNTRY IS DONE WITH REPUBLICANS FOR NOW give it up already!!

    January 5, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. rich

    Its just amazes me how hard either side is fighting to gain this senate seat which leads to me think what is a senate seat worth? Why do they and why are they fighting so hard for it? I bet it all has to do with money first and power second. What's your take?

    January 5, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Alan

    Even had Coleman won, it was a blow to Republicans that Al Franken had come so close. Now he needs to buck up, be a man, and take his place among the constituents again until such time as the Republicans can come up with a reason why anyone would vote for someone from their party again.

    January 5, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. jrzshor

    let every vote count at least once or twice to be safe.

    January 5, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. obama-mama

    We can send folks to the moon but cannot perfect our voting system....

    January 5, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. Willy Brown

    Democrats; Keep counting till ahead then stop. Get buddies on the bench to block.

    January 5, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. Alisha, MN

    Change has found its way to Minnesota...YIPPIE, kick the bum out!

    January 5, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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