Posted: February 10, 2009
MN Contest Court: Count 23 More Absentees
The Minnesota election contest court ruled today that officials must count 23 out of 61 absentee ballots they had previously rejected for various technical defects. The court also ruled that the paperwork accompanying a 24th absentee ballot should be examined to determine whether to count it. Finally, the court ruled that it has not yet seen enough evidence to determine the disposition of the remaining 37 ballots. These voters originally filed their own contest suit, Peterson v. Ritchie, but that suit was joined to Coleman v. Franken on January 16. Coleman voters attempted to intervene in Coleman v. Franken as well but the motion was denied by the court because they had not met the deadline for filing contests which is seven days after the state canvass completion. See the Star Tribune story here.