Posted: December 23, 2008
MN Senate race - Canvassing board meets again Dec. 30
The canvassing board met today to reveal the allocation of the withdrawn challenges and to resolve clerical mix-ups with a couple of the challenges from last week. The board also heard from the Coleman campaign about some ballot challenge decisions that the campaign thought were inconsistent with other challenge decisions. The board recessed for an hour while 16 ballot originals were pulled and, when it reconvened, it decided not to reconsider any of them. The members explained that they were comfortable with their original decisions while acknowledging that valid counter-arguments exist. One member, Judge Cleary, moved to reconsider two of the ballots but no one seconded his motions. He too expressed confidence in the fairness of the board's process and decisions. Presently, Franken leads unofficially by 48 votes but the Secretary is still reconciling his spreadsheet with those of the campaigns. See the latest from The Star Tribune here. The board will meet again on Dec. 30 at 9 a.m.