Posted: November 15, 2008
Ritchie "Budges" on Absentee Ballots
Minnestoa Secretary of State Mark Ritchie Friday appeared to change his position on whether the 5-member state canvassing board of which he is a part would hear arguments from the Franken campaign that the board should re-examine rejected absentee ballots to determine whether to count them. Ritchie had previously indicated that the board would not even consider rejected absentee ballots, but now says that the board will at least "listen" to Franken's arguments. The Coleman campaign responded by criticising Ritchie for changing his position in a way that is likely to benefit a fellow Democrat. Coleman also objected to a statement made by the Secretary's Elections Director that the names and addresses of absentee voters whose votes had been rejected were public information. Franken is currently trying to get that information, potentially for the purpose of personally contacting the affected voters and seeing whether he can get their votes counted.