Posted: February 3, 2009
MN election contest – 933 absentee ballots already counted need not be revisited
The parties in the Coleman/Franken election contest have stipulated to the validity of the 933 absentee ballots that had originally been rejected but were accepted and counted after the Minnesota Supreme Court ordered local officials to review rejected absentee ballots again. The counties and cities decided to accept another 1300+ ballots after that second review but the candidates did not consent to counting about 400 of them. See the stipulation order here. Last week, Coleman also dismissed his claims regarding the Maplewood Precinct 6 “found” ballots and the St. Paul Ward 3, Precinct 9 “excess” ballots. Coleman’s team found that the handling of these ballots that were accidentally not counted on election night did not break any chain of custody rules. See that dismissal order here.