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. Coloradem

    You know, if the fine people of Minnesota don't want a second senator representing them in perhaps the fine people of Washington, DC, would like to take that seat as a representative for them.

    March 6, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Simmy

    No taxation without full representation. Not this time. His name is Franken, not Gore.

    March 6, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Darko

    The election was botched... the re-count was REALLY botched.

    Do over! Otherwise, the declared winner will be sitting in a seat of suspicion for the rest of his term.

    March 6, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Greg in Colorado

    For crying out loud. This wasn't the year for repubs... the writing is on the wall.

    March 6, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. marty

    TO: carlo
    "Well, Pawlenty, I hope its worth hit when you try to elevate your political career and people look at how you have sabatoged an election. People voted for Franken. Why can't you and "hush puppy" Coleman get that through your thick skulls?"

    Did you read the whole article or did someone read it to you and leave out part-the DEMOCRATIC Sec. of State is also refusing to endorse Franken until the court case is finished. This is not, NOT a Pawlenty decision alone.
    To some of the rest of you-there are thousands of legitimate votes that haven't been counted yet. Hence, the purpose of the challenge. I am sure that if your vote was one of the uncounted, you would be screaming for it to be counted. Let this run its course and be finished.

    March 6, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Vince

    kevin in OH; "theft of the election by the dems" – are you serious? The people spoke (with votes in a near-record turnout) and the Republicans definitively lost. Period. No one stole anything.

    March 6, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. JA

    If that independent candidate didn't soak up 15% of the vote Franken would've crushed Coleman. Its obviously the will of the voters that Franken be seated.

    March 6, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. FreeNLovIt


    We know you are the winner. Some people just dont know how to lose.

    March 6, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. karen-Phoenix

    Al Franken won!!! Get him to Washington! NOW!

    March 6, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Todd M

    If Minnesota's election fell in a forest but no one misses the winner does it matter?

    March 6, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Gary

    Here is an idea. Lets let the other Senator from Minn cast 2 is my thinking we can save a $150k salary and a $1million staff and a $100K travel budget.

    When companies have hiring freezes they do more with fewer employees. If we give the current Minn senator 2 votes will anyone even care if there is one less Senator on capital hill wasting our tax dollars arguing with the "other side."

    Maybe we need only 1 senator from each state? We need to look for cost saving measures to balance our budget.

    March 6, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. John, Rochester MN

    According to the official recount, Franken won. It's reasonable for him to ask the court to make them sign the certificate. It's also reasonable for the court to deny him. There is still a pending lawsuit, after all.

    Okay, so in my continued effort to inform people about the facts in this case:
    1. Franken did not ask for a recount, state law required it.
    2. Franken did pay his taxes, he just paid them to the wrong state.
    3. There is no credible evidence that there were more votes than voters in any district. If you want to say there is, provide a link. Newsmax and right-wing talk hosts don't count; remember, I said credible.
    4. Before you call Franken an idiot, research what his college degree is, then do the same for Coleman. Compare and contrast. You'll see what I mean.

    March 6, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. voter

    shut up and let the high court work. Justices know what they do. you guys are not smart enough.

    March 6, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Sounds like Coleman is suggesting the court is corrupt to favor him. If I were Franken I'd check this out again.

    March 6, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. Donna from Colorado Springs

    It sure looks like Norm Coleman owns some judges in Minnesota! Franken has the votes, so why drag this idiotic elections results show out anymore? What is the point? The country, including the state of Minnesota has more pressing things to worry about than the outcome of a political race 4 months ago!

    March 6, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Luke Brown

    Hooray for Florida. Now you are not the most idiotic state in the country.

    March 6, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    This is why i am "mad at al Gore"he should not have conseded the 2000 election the Repub's would'nt,they stole the 2000election,i know al Frakken will keep fighting you see the Republican's are stalling until the 2010 election hopeing to keep Minn.but it's not going to work.

    March 6, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Wade

    When there were more votes counted than registered voters, something is amiss.
    They should have tossed out ALL the votes and started over.

    To Connie and Keith... Bush won Florida.
    Every OFFICIAL and even unofficial count proved the Supreme Court ruling was correct.
    Bush really won... get over it.

    March 6, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. ran

    If this continue to happen all our elected officials will be appointed by the courts thereby not having elected officials anymore. If it becomes to close to call then a run off election should be done. A run off is what should have happen in the 2000 presidential race in FL. with Gore and Bush as the only names on the ballot.

    March 6, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. abc

    this is March of 2009 and the MN state court still conclude on this? sign of time! it seems everything in our country is in ultra-slow speed mode, from the treasury secretary giving some details for a start to a state court concluding this election case. and yes, the forever mode of congressmen, delaying all the necessary tools to jump start our poor economy. is it because of the age or just lots of complex but inefficient politics?

    March 6, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Mark

    Wait, Republicans are cheering that a court didn't rush to a decision and is taking their time? My, how eight years have changed since the Supreme Court rushed into their decision to hand the election to Bush!

    March 6, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    By the time the 2012 elections arrive and go the dems will have 75 senators !...

    March 6, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. No Vaseline

    There go the Rethuglicans again, "wahh wahh wahh" Shut up and go home, you lost!

    March 6, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. taurus

    He win!! Who pay'n $$$$$$ the high count off. GOP

    March 6, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. Sawber

    "OMG! Somebody make the call already!"

    OK, Coleman wins. :o)

    March 6, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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