Posted: November 19, 2008
MN Senate: 11/19/08 update
The Minnesota Senate recount has begun. Yesterday, the State Canvassing Board determined the final original count (with Coleman ahead by 215 votes) but chose to delay decision on Franken's argument that the board should consider ordering rejected absentee ballots reexamined as part of the recount. A Ramsey county court has scheduled a hearing today on whether the county must provide to the Franken campaign the names of absentee voters whose ballots were rejected. The Board also did not rule on Franken's contention that the results submitted by some counties were unacceptable because the counties did not directly "eyeball" the paper records of vote totals printed by voting machines. The Board plans to reconvene to rule on the disputed absentee ballots and certify the winner on December 16.