Posted: December 18, 2008
MN Canvassing Board update
The canvassing board continues to move, mostly smoothly, through the remaining challenged ballots. Coleman withdrew 400 more ballot challenges today leaving 800 challenges. The board decided to move through the withdrawn challenges in the regular course of reviewing the remaining challenges rather than stop the proceedings and remove the withdrawn challenges from the board members' books of photocopies and from the images being shown in the meeting room. Several websites are keeping a running tally of votes gained by each candidate during the challenge review. However, what is not known is how the withdrawn challenges have been adjudicated. Of the 5,415 withdrawn challenges, Coleman has withdrawn roughly 2,575 and Franken has withdrawn roughly 2,840. In other words, Franken has withdrawn 265 more challenges than Coleman. If most of the withdrawn challenges are allocated to the withdrawing candidate's opponent, then Coleman is likely to gain votes from the pool of withdrawn challenges.