January 14th, 2009
09:46 AM ET
14 years ago

Franken case heads to MN high court

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/12/art.franken.gi.jpg caption="Franken's team is turning to the state's highest court."]MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) - Democrat Al Franken asked the state's Supreme Court Tuesday to order Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Democrat Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to sign the certificate of election that would validate the 225-vote lead he holds over former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman.

Pawlenty and Ritchie had each denied the request, saying Minnesota law prohibits them from signing off on the state canvassing board's final count until all election legal contests have been exhausted.

Coleman has filed suit over the canvassing board's count. No start date has been set for that trial.

Also Tuesday, more than 60 voters whose ballots were rejected filed a request, backed by Franken, that would order state officials to open and count each of their ballots because they claim it was rejected in error.

There was no word on action from the high court as of Wednesday morning.

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  1. Fred Heartly

    Look Neo Cons do not care about Fair... They are the chosen ones who know whats best for all of us, that is their version of freedom. They lost an election but these sick folks will be back in 2012 with the Palin's and Hanity's so beware. Fox News host the Huckabee's to make him more of an ICON to run in 2012. Remeber we are in a war and just cause we won the battle, the war is still on.

    January 14, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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