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Coleman v. Franken

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: January 6, 2009 / June 30, 2009
State: Minnesota
Issues: MN Senate race 2008, Recount Resources, Absentee Ballots
Courts that Heard this Case: Ramsey County District Court (Case 62-CV-09-56); Minnesota Supreme Court (Case A09-697)


Whether there were irrgeularities in the conduct of the election that affected the result.


Decision granted in favor of Franken on 4/13.  Appeal filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court on 4/20.  Briefs have been filed.  Oral arguments held 6/1. Opinion filed 6/30.

Minnesota Supreme Court Documents

(Supreme Court Document Page)

Ramsey County District Court Documents

(MN Courts Document Page) (Docket) (Trial Video)

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In the News

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Trump accepting the US election result has little practical consequence

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Deutsche Welle about Donald Trump’s assertions that he will not accept the results of the U.S. presidential election if he is defeated.

"It was improper to say what he said and the way that he said it, given the role of a candidate in a democracy for the office that he is seeking,” Foley said. "Most states have what they call automatic or mandatory recounts that get triggered by close margins. I do think the words that he has used suggest some lack of knowledge of the mechanics of the process and how the system works.”

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Info & Analysis

Federal Judge Finds Florida Absentee Voting Law Unconstitutional

Over the weekend, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued an order finding part of Florida\'s absentee voting law unconstitutional. In granting the plaintiffs\' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Walker determined that Florida\'s statutory scheme requiring automatic rejection of absentee ballots with signatures not matching those on file unlawfully disenfranchised voters. The case is Florida Democratic Party v. Detzner.

This case follows another Florida case in which Judge Walker ordered the state to extend the voter registration deadline by a week in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. That case is Florida Democratic Party v. Scott.

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