Posted: December 23, 2008
MN Senate race - board recesses while ballots are pulled
This morning, the Coleman campaign told the board that there are 16 ballots it would like the board to reconsider because it believes inconsistent decisions were made as to how to allocate those ballots. The board is in recess for one hour while the Secretary’s staff pulls the 16 ballots as well as 24 ballots that will serve as examples of other rulings that do not appear to have followed the same guidelines. In the discussion leading to this decision, the board made it clear that they are reluctant to reconsider their prior decisions but think it is important to look at the Coleman campaign's concerns to further assure the campaigns and the public that they are making the right decision. Two of the board members suggested that what was apparent to them in reviewing the original ballots is likely not discernible in the photocopies that the campaigns reviewed. If the board does decide to reconsider any of the challenge decisions on these 16 ballots brought forward by the Coleman campaign, the Franken campaign will then have a chance to make a list of ballots for reconsideration before the board’s Dec. 30 meeting.