Posted: November 10, 2008
Minnesota county declines to reconsider rejected absentees; may review in the recount
Hennepin County, Minnesota's largest, rejected 461 absentee ballots during the normal validation and counting process. County officials cited signature mismatches and registration defects. Franken's lawyer asked the county to reconsider and the county declined. County canvassing board members did say that the ballots could be "dealt with" during the recount. Absentee ballots are proving to be an area of dispute in several states as defective registration issues have bled over into the validation process for absentees. In a race this close, as yet uncounted ballots, such as rejected absentees, overvotes, and undervotes, will receive very close scrutiny.