Meanwhile Back At The MN-Sen Recount . . .
The latest, via the Strib:
Hennepin County finished its review of 326 rejected absentee ballots late this morning, with the Coleman and Franken campaigns agreeing to count nearly 80 percent of them. In the state’s most populous county, 255 absentee ballots that county election officials acknowledged were mistakenly rejected were accepted by the two campaigns after a two-day, mostly-uneventful review. Seventy-four were rejected. The rejections were roughly evenly split between the two campaigns, with Franken rejecting 36 ballots, Coleman 33, and five withdrawn by the county.
Apparently, this was the pattern around the state. The interesting development is the Coleman campaign's attempt to include more rejected absentee ballots for review. This is a reflection of their position trailing Franken at this point:
Hundreds of additional ballots would also have to be reconsidered under the [Coleman] campaign’s request [to the Minnesota Supreme Court.] “We’re talking about enfranchising people,” said Coleman recount attorney Fritz Knaak.
But a recount attorney for Franken said that his campaign would fight the move and was confident it would fail. “They are now back ... asking for a do-over” even though the process ordered by the Supreme Court is nearly finished, said Marc Elias, a Franken attorney. “We’re simply not prepared to allow them to rewrite those rules,” he said.
. . . Trading places
The Coleman campaign’s court petition underscored the irony that the campaigns have largely traded positions on counting additional votes. For weeks, while Coleman held an unofficial lead, it was the Franken campaign that daily decried the danger of disenfranchising voters. Now, with Franken ahead, it is Coleman’s troops who are mainly calling for more rejected ballots to be considered.
Coleman’s aim is “bringing in ballots that were wrongly excluded,” attorney Knaak said Wednesday. “I heard it a hundred times from the Franken campaign.” In addition to the 1,346 absentee ballots already identified by counties as wrongly rejected, the Coleman campaign in recent days has asked counties to review another 654 rejected absentee ballots that may be legitimate. Some counties have agreed to the request, while others have not.
It seems clear that a certified winner will not emerge anytime soon.
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