Posted: February 11, 2009
Minnesota election contest - hearing Thursday on categories of absentee ballots
The 3-judge panel has ordered Coleman and Franken to file briefs on whether 19 different categories of absentee ballots were legally cast. A hearing will be held on these issues Thursday at 1 p.m. CT. See MinnPost.com’s coverage here, the Star Tribune’s coverage here, and the order here. The judges will also hear arguments on whether to admit the testimony of a Coleman witness about the variation in rejection rates of ballots among counties. The categories are:
- Ballots from nonregistered voters with no box checked by the witness in the proof of residency section
- Address different on ballot application and ballot return envelope
- Witness is a notary but there is no notary seal
- Nonregistered voter who did not submit registration form but was not provided with registration materials by officials
- Ballot issued for wrong precinct due to official error
- UOCAVA ballots where no evidence of any ballot application
- No voter signature on certificate where a sticker covered instructions fully or partially.
- Ballots submitted by voters whose ballot application contained no signature
- Ballots where no evidence of any ballot application
- Nonregistered voter who did not sign registration form
- Absentee ballot application signed by another except where permitted by law (e.g. for persons with disabilities)
- Ballots where no witness address on the return envelope
- Late UOCAVA ballot
- Ballot dropped off by voter in person on election day
- Ballot dropped off by proper third party on Election Day but after deadline set by statute.
- Nonregistered voters’ ballots with signature in wrong place
- Ballots of voters not registered in precinct containing voters’ address on application and ballot.
- Ballots of nonregistered voters who failed to register to vote
- Ballots of voters not registered in the precinct where they live