The challenges are all part of the mandated recount. Coleman challenged 1021 ballots, Franken challenged 393.
The board judged Franken's challenges yesterday. He won nearly 30% of them. Coleman's challenges are much more frivilous, as your examples are pretty typical, and he's winning only about 10-12% of them. That's why the remaining ballot challenges to be judged tomorrow really favor Franken as he's currently only 5 votes behind.
The Supreme Court ruling to count the 1500 Absentee ballots may fall to the ruling that each one must be mutually agree by both Franken and Coleman camps ... and Coleman just has to deny every single one from strongly Democratic counties if he wants to.
I've been watching some of the canvassing board meeting. It's interesting to watch these people... tired, cranky, sarcastic. I hope that whatever court challenges follow this do the board a huge amount of deference. They deserve at least that after all of this.
There is something that I find totally despicable about this whole process. Now, I understand that I am personally biased against Norm Coleman and that I am likely to interpret some things differently than other people, but here are some things we know to be true:
1. Sen. Coleman has challenged far more ballots than Al Franken. 2. Sen. Coleman has had a greater proportion of his challenges thrown out. 3. Sen. Coleman has already claimed victory and told Al Franken to concede.
I can forgive numbers one and two. That's just either an overzealous campaign or maybe some disorganization. It's best not to ascribe ill intent when they were probably just trying to see what they could get through the canvassing board.
When you combine one and two with three though... Ugh... What an ass! While everyone else has been focusing on accuracy, the Coleman camp is busy trying to game the recount to score political points and lay the blame for the length of this process at Franken's feet? All politicians are opportunistic, but the behavior of the Coleman camp is far more ridiculous than anyone should expect.
I hope he loses and I hope the people of Minnesota reject his bald-faced attempts to delegitimize the process.
Despite being in the running for seemingly every race, they lost 100% of all of the ballots on which they were named. I really think Lizard People needs to give up the narrow focus and take a big tent approach. Maybe then they can get in some local offices.
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