March 6th, 2009
03:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Minnesota high court denies Franken call for election certification

(CNN) - Minnesota's high court has denied Democrat Al Franken's request to force the state to issue a certification of election results in the U.S. Senate race while the case continues to be appealed.

Franken currently holds a 225-vote lead over Republican Norm Coleman, who has filed suit over his allegation that some valid absentee ballots may not have been counted. The state’s governor, Republican Tim Pawlenty, and Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie have both said that they will not sign a certification of that election that would make the current count official until that lawsuit is resolved.

The decision means the trial, now wrapping its sixth week of testimony, will continue uninterrupted.

In a statement, Coleman spokesman Ben Ginsberg called the ruling “a victory for Minnesota Law and Minnesotans.”

“This wise ruling will ensure that Harry Reid, Al Franken and Chuck Schumer cannot short-circuit Minnesota Law in their partisan power play,” Ginseberg added.

A spokeswoman for Franken did not immediately respond for a request for response.

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soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. Tony


    I think we all should thank Minnesota for being so diligent. The person who should represent the state needs to be the person that legitametely won. So far each candidate has won the Senate seat at least once. I applaud the Minnesota government for ensuring each and every vote is counted fairly.

    March 6, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. the idiot

    Come on. Its taken less time time for Obama to destroy this country than for Minnesota to select its senator.

    March 6, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Michael B

    This needs to be done quickly but correctly. Hopefully all the States learn from this and can make future provisions to prevent this from happening again.

    March 6, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Annie

    Good........we want an honest count, no matter who wins!

    March 6, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Vicky

    Coleman is just another sore republican loser. He should concede. Franken has won.

    March 6, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Cleaning up after W

    @Kevin in Ohio: "The theft of the election by the dems is being thwarted! Maybe there is some hope yet…."

    So, when Coleman was ahead by a few votes, it was OK. We don't need to count the rest of the votes, right? Now that Frankin is ahead, the dems are stealing the election. Do you have to take a hypocrisy test before the republicans let you join the party?

    March 6, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. David

    Al Franken stole this election fair and square. Let him serve.

    March 6, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. lovable liberal

    By the way, what the heck do Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer have to do with this case? They didn't file the motion.

    What its about: Inflaming the angry base for strictly political reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the legal issues before the court.

    The Coleman fallback position: If they lose this stalling rear-guard action (and they will eventually), they want to make the election appear illegitimate. It's ugly posturing, just like what the Bushists did in 2000 when they were narrowly ahead.

    March 6, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Beverly, NYC

    The state of Minnesota could have held 10 special elections by now. By the time the Senator from Minnesota shows up it will be time for another election. Is the real reason for the foot dragging denying Obama a 60th vote?

    March 6, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. anne

    The election was so close in the first count, that by law they HAD to do a re-count. Law is the law.

    March 6, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Steve

    It really is sad to see the talk of how Franken "stole" the election, based on nothing but ideology.

    Right-wingers: the biggest crybabies ever.

    March 6, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Bubba Beans

    No, Minnesota is not the laughing stock of politics. That honor still goes to the great state of Kansas. I suggest if Minnesota can't resolve the problem quickly, to leave the Union and become a Canadian province.

    March 6, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Had It

    Minnesota is so full of idiots, it doesn't deserve representation. Look at Bachmann.

    March 6, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Susan

    What in the world is happening in Minnesota? Home to Al Franken, Norm Coleman, Tim Pawlenty, and Michele Bachmann - what a crew! Glad they're not my state's leaders - I'd be very, very afraid!

    March 6, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Rich CT

    Good! The last thing we need is ANOTHER COMMUNIST like Fraken in DC!!! They are destroying the country just fine without him!

    March 6, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Carl

    I'm sorry, but a 225 vote lead with a few million ballots is too close to call.

    If you recount, you videotape the results and verify with a camera and tally from non profit organizations.

    If you throw the votes out, do a special recount and give a month advance to all people in Minnesota.

    The important thing is letting the state of Minnesota choose their Senator and by legal means.

    I dont' trust either party here.

    March 6, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Debra Hasan

    That ok Al, Everything happens for a reason. You won and you will prevail. Go Democrats.

    March 6, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. timo

    Amazing how many of you are saying...."C'mon"... "Stop draggin" yet if you found yourself at a perceived wrong end of a proceeding you'd be yelling at the top of your lungs. We live in America and issues regarding legalities are handled in court. If you don't like that you can move to Canada. But .... you have a right to whine... just buy some Wisconsin cheese to go with it!

    March 6, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Active Duty Soldier

    Wasn't Coleman the one who said he did not support a recount when he was ahead? What happened Norm? Franken isn't much better, but even if Coleman wins, he looks like a fool for ending a race for election so closely to a has-been comedian hack like Franken. Although Franken is quite a smart guy. He may be a miserable actor and comedian, but he does have an incredibly intelligent head on his shoulders.

    March 6, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Lori

    Please hurry up and seat Franken. We need to outnumber the obstructionist Republicans who are only talking with NO solutions to our economic crisis so that America loses so that they can blame the President. They fail to realize that America has tried their failed policies and don't want them anymore. WE WILL NEVER THINK THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE THE BETTER OF TWO PARTIES. NEVER! They secretly pray that the markets get worse which is unpatriotic!

    Hurry up Franken so that you can help our President put America back on track. We need you! And quick!

    March 6, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. Laura, Boston

    Where do you people get off saying Franken won. Norm Coleman was ahead on election night.

    Al Franken challenged which was his right and all of a sudden we have more votes in counties than people signed up to vote. Who is messing with the system. Well the errors are in democratic areas and we saw some of the so called ballots.

    Start over with a new election! It is the only fair way.

    March 6, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. John in Minn.

    Why is Franken opposed to counting the 2500 legal votes of overseas soldiers?? Because he knows that if they are counted – then he looses!

    March 6, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. I voted for change!!!!!

    Oh my GOD, when is this going to end.

    March 6, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Sacto Joe

    The obstructionist RepubliCAN'T Party is doing everything it possible can to send this country into a worse recession, just so they can blame it on Obama's policies. Beyond sick, it's downright unpatriotic.

    March 6, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Independent

    coleman won the election. seat him.

    March 6, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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