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. Keith


    March 6, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Michael M. Noonan

    Can there be anything more dismal than the prospect of this plangent oaf in the Senate, carrying along his egregious stupidity.

    March 6, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. MaryAnne

    Hot dang! Do we need to send a truck load of calculators to the state of Minnesota?

    March 6, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. dgw

    Wow do we like spending money or what. The Dems like spending as mush as they do supporting all the things most people do not want.

    March 6, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. George

    Why do I recognize some of the same names who cried a river when Gore lost to Bush?

    But now, since it's their guy, its different now.



    Yep. Both have nine letters.


    Can this be a coincidence?

    Al Franken

    I guess not.

    March 6, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    @ anne

    Not true. The Law is not the Law....and least as far as the GOP is concerned. It only applies to everyone but the GOP. For example, if you restrict carrying a concealed weapon, they will do it anyway, because they disagree. If the Supreme Court rules that the Constitution mandates that abortion remain legal in certain circumstances, they will still fight to overturn that. If the law requires obtaining warrants for wiretapping, they will ignore it. And when Congress subpoenas a GOPer POTUS' records, they claim the legal fallacy of "executive privilege." So yeah, it only applies to us non-GOP people.

    March 6, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. John

    Only in America
    Hahahahahahahahaha' if this wasn't so crooked it would be funny. What in the world is the Minnesota's high court waiting for, the next election. Al Franken won the election. Coleman is just another crook pushing this to avoid the charges against him and teh GOP is using this to keep another Democrat from being seated.The Minnesota's high court is being used and they are too stuoid to see it. Hahahahahaha. Talk about republicans paying back others for being appointed to those positions. Only in America can Lame Brain Judges be this stupid. Hahahahahahaha

    March 6, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. Jen, Cali

    ONE small ray of sunshine in the Obama nightmare!

    March 6, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  9. dumbocrat alert

    Just give it to him. Nobama needs another clown in the Senate...And he's another tax evader...deserves to be in Washington...

    March 6, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. Deb

    Enough already this should be settled by now!!!!

    March 6, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  11. MN Voter

    It is very telling that Norm Coleman is willing to waste taxpayers money and clog up the court system just to delay Franken being seated in the Senate. Coleman knows he is not going to win, this is simply delay tactics. It is extremely selfish, but then I guess he is a Republican - the party of PARTY FIRST.

    March 6, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. ib

    You liberals talk about the right wingers whining. Look at all the post here and you will see who is doing the most whining and spewing the most hate. You can't stand it if someone is critical of you but you sure can dish it out.

    March 6, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. independentvoter

    for goodness sakes..these republicans must be on the same drugs as their leader Rush. Its over Coleman, take a bow and leave with some dignity.

    March 6, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. brianr

    Interesting, considering Ben Ginsberg was one of the lawyers who helped stop Al Gore's recount in 2000 in Florida. He's a true scumbag that guy.

    March 6, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  15. Brad of IL.

    May-be if the people of Minn. knew how too cast a ballot, there wouldn't have been this mess. But when you get Acorn and the crooks from the Democrats telling everyone too vote when they were not suppose too, this is what you get. So lets just give Acorn more money so they can screw up more Elections. Coleman has every right too make sure the ballots are counted fairly and I hope he wins.

    March 6, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  16. Marge

    Folks you know what Coleman wants. To get a ruling denying him the senate seat, appeal it to the republican laden supreme court and have himself appointed senator from Minnesota. Tell you one thing we from Minnesota are sick and tired of him and if he ever runs for another seat it will be a landslide for his opponent.

    March 6, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. Dittohead

    fight the power Norm! Don't let them steal this election.

    Frankin supporters – don't ignore the fact he won on election day. you guys would do the same things as Norm, so stop being hypocrits.

    March 6, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  18. arithmetic is liberal

    Soon Coleman will have to start putting his money to other uses –

    Like his proposed bid for Governor of Minnesota

    March 6, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. Katie

    For those of you who do not live in MN and are not privy to the barrage of daily updates about this story ... you obviously do not know the whole truth. There were some screwy things that happened on election night – on both sides of the election. Franken staffers accompanied people to the polls (people who couldn't speak English & were told by the interpreter/Franken staffer who to vote for), people voting in two precincts b/c election officials didn't ask for proper paperwork, absentee ballots NOT being counted in the intial counts, absentee ballots then being rejected during the recount b/c they were late and shouldn't have been counted in the first place, challenged ballots by both sides, double counted ballots that somehow are being allowed to remain double counted ... it's all a big mess – but the bottom line is, noone is the clear winner with all the discrepancies. Unfortunately for my great state – we look as much the fool as FL did during the "hanging chad" mess. But the whole mess does serve a purpose: to ensure that ballots are counted accurately, and that every vote is counted (the message touted by both sides when it's convenient for them to – notice how Franken dropped that argument when he was ahead & other discrepancies came to light?).

    For those who would like to place blame, neither candidate has a wide enough margin to declare victory, according to MN state law. Franken could have conceded on election night, and then Coleman could have conceded after the first recount. There could be recount after recount without this (sadly, necessary) legal intervention.

    March 6, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. Tim

    It's pretty funny watching Republicans whine and cry and throw tantrums because they lost a free democratic election. Shows how much democracy really means to the GOP. What a sad, pathetic party.

    March 6, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. daniel cabrera

    If Franken is to be on that platitude, I thnik is very ok, for we have

    March 6, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  22. texas teacher

    Minnesota high court denies Franken call for election certification??????????


    Boy, am I EVER spitting up in my mouth!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  23. daniel cabrera


    We, definitely NEED BETTER LEADERS AT HELM !

    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville, IN

    March 6, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. Willy Brown

    Good. Keep Doofus Franken out of office!

    March 6, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. Al

    In all fairness to the constituents who would be represented by either Mr Franken or Mr Coleman, wouldn't it have made sense and by now saved the taxpayers of Minnesota a lot of money if they had just simply had a run-off election. That is what they should always do when an election is so close that they can't determine the outcome.

    March 6, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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