Posted: January 5, 2009
Minnesota Senate race – Franken comes out ahead in state canvass
The Minnesota state canvassing board will announce the results of their canvass at its meeting today at 2 p.m. CST. Franken is ahead by 225 votes. The Minnesota Supreme Court has not acted on the motion by Coleman to alter the standard for including or rejecting absentee ballots. Coleman alleged that counties were interpreting the standard in a non-uniform way resulting in similarly situated ballots receiving different treatment from county to county. Whether or not the Supreme Court weighs in on the absentee ballots, Coleman will also have seven days after the canvass to file an election contest lawsuit before a winner is officially certified. It remains to be seen whether the Senate will conditionally seat Franken while any litigation plays out. See the latest from the Star Tribune here.