Posted: December 29, 2008
Minnesota local officials identify 1,350 wrongly rejected absentee ballots
Minnesota's local election officials have identified 1,350 absentee ballots that were initially wrongly rejected. The campaigns must now review the list and come to agreement on which ones should be counted. The Franken campaign has said it will accept all of the ballots and will not add any more to the list. The Coleman campaign has said it will review the list as is their duty under the Minnesota Supreme Court's order. That order, here on our case page, requires county officials to send all of the ballots that they deem wrongly rejected to the Secretary of State by Jan. 2 to be opened andcounted. The Secretary's staff will count those that the campaigns agree should be counted and send a report of the vote totals to the state canvassing board. These ballots are not expected to reverse Franken's lead from the administrative recount. However, an election contest based on some election irregularity will likely be filed by the Coleman campaign. See our Minnesota Senate race page here and the latest from the Star Tribune here.