Posted: February 24, 2009
Minnesota contest - Franken amends answer and counterclaims, state elections director testifies
Today in Coleman v. Franken, Minnesota Elections Director Gary Poser was on the stand again. The Pioneer Press reports that Franken’s attorney David Lillehaug went through many of the ballots that Coleman claimed were wrongly rejected for registration defects with Poser who testified that the registrations were indeed defective and the ballots correctly rejected. There is still confusion on this point because Coleman contends that, based on what they heard today from Poser, they believe some voters cast an absentee ballot that was initially rejected, after which they may have voted in person on election day. They contend that these voters’ rejected absentee ballots were then counted during the recount process. This situation should be clarified in the next day or two. Franken filed an amended answer and counterclaims today – see it here. Another batch of Franken voters have filed a lawsuit to have their votes counted – see the petition here.