Posted: December 12, 2008
MN Senate Race: Coleman asks for uniform standard for including absentee ballots
The Coleman campaign has sent letters to the Minnesota Canvassing Board and all of the state's county election officials expressing concerns about non-uniform application of the statute governing rejection and inclusion of absentee ballots. The letter to the state board cites the example of Scott County rejecting ballots where the city is missing from the witness' address while Dakota County is placing such ballots in the "fifth pile". The campaign asks the counties not to meet without notifying the campaigns and asks that the campaigns be given the opportunity to challenge the inclusion of a ballot and the decision on how a ballot is cast if it is opened. See the letters as well as the Attorney General's advice to the state board on counting such ballots that were initally rejected here.