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Board Confirms Coleman-Franken Vote: Triggering Recount Wednesday (215 vote lead)
Minnesota Star Tribune ^ | 47 minutes ago

Posted on 11/18/2008 2:10:51 PM PST by lewisglad

The state Canvassing Board today directed that a recount begin tomorrow in the U.S. Senate race between Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and DFLer Al Franken, even as the board considers a last-minute request from the Franken campaign to include rejected absentee and mailed ballots in the initial count.

The board confirmed that, with all the state's 87 counties reporting, Coleman leads Franken by 215 votes out of more than 2.9 million votes cast. After county canvasses showed a margin of 206, Coleman gained an additional 25 votes, and Franken 16, from a post-election audit of voting machines in 205 randomly-selected precincts.

"The report triggers the counting by hand of the four races which will begin tomorrow morning," said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, chair of the five-member canvassing board. In addition to the Senate race, the results in two state House races and one state Senate race also will be recounted.

Only minutes before the state board began its meeting at 1 p.m., Franken's campaign asked the board in a legal brief to postpone finalizing the count in the Senate race until all precincts were accounted for. At least 49 counties have failed to canvass every precinct, the campaign argues in the brief, and so the board "cannot accept the county reports as the basis for its own certification of the accuracy of the voting totals."

The Franken campaign also took issue with the attorney general's contention Monday that rejected absentee ballots don't have to be considered in the initial count or the recount. The Democratic campaign, citing a U.S. Supreme Court precedent that put a Republican in the White House, said that the case of Bush v. Gore made clear that voters should be treated equally

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: coleman; electionussenate; franken; mn2008

1 posted on 11/18/2008 2:10:51 PM PST by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

For all you RINO’s who didn’t think that your ONE vote meant anything...


2 posted on 11/18/2008 2:12:23 PM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: lewisglad

Franken is trying to get a pile of bogus votes in the pile now rather than later. The big difference is (I believe) once the recount begins, he’ll be able to get the disputed votes in only through a court ruling in his favor.


3 posted on 11/18/2008 2:14:00 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: Don Corleone
RINOs...like Coleman ?
4 posted on 11/18/2008 2:14:19 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Don Corleone

It could all come down to US Georgia Senate for 60 if the Dims flip both Alaska and Minn. through fraud.


5 posted on 11/18/2008 2:14:20 PM PST by lewisglad
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To: Chet 99
David Lillehaug, an attorney for the Franken campaign, said that they learned that some voters were told they weren't properly registered when they were. "Can't we all agree that they shouldn't have to start a lawsuit or wait for someone else to start a lawsuit before their votes are counted?" he asked.

Desperation tatics...

6 posted on 11/18/2008 2:16:30 PM PST by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

Isn’t funny how RHINOs are having to beg for our vote, when they don’t REALLY give a rat’s a$$ about us in the first place?

Amnesty, Drill Here Drill Now and every others.

Taxme Shameless must apologize before he gets my vote!


7 posted on 11/18/2008 2:17:46 PM PST by Dacula (So long and thanks for all the fish.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Coleman has a strong pro-life record.


8 posted on 11/18/2008 2:18:51 PM PST by Parmenio
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To: lewisglad

Let the fraud begin..


9 posted on 11/18/2008 2:21:37 PM PST by BerniesFriend
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To: lewisglad

Psssst! Hey Franken, have you checked the cemetery for additional voters yet?


10 posted on 11/18/2008 2:22:15 PM PST by bikerman
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To: Chet 99

Let’s hope the Repubs who watch the counting aren’t bought.


11 posted on 11/18/2008 2:22:49 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U
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To: lewisglad
We have to start to fight back.

The Obama Birth Certificate story with Alan Keyes sueing to stop California electorial votes is now on Drudge Report. Send him a big thank you and ask him to make it a headline.

It is another torn corner to our great Constitution, but Obama is most likely going to be sworn in. However, if we can weaken his presidency with his refusal to prove he is eligible to be our president, then many of his socialist policies might get blocked and maybe, many Americans might get mad and wake up.

The Democrats are scam artists and they don't care who hurt as long as they increase their power. Their desire to rub it in by using the worse most left-wing and ineligible candidates, might be their undoing.

12 posted on 11/18/2008 2:27:50 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Join the Constitution Party)
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13 posted on 11/18/2008 2:32:00 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: lewisglad

I hate to say it, but with Democrats basically in charge of the recount, this is going to be a hell of an uphill battle.


14 posted on 11/18/2008 2:45:50 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: lewisglad

btt


15 posted on 11/18/2008 2:49:17 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: lewisglad

“It could all come down to US Georgia Senate for 60 if the Dims flip both Alaska and Minn. through fraud.”

Alaska is a done deal. Not sure whether that was fraud or just a lean of absentee folks for the Dem. Almost all of that is Ted Stevens fault. Had he not quit before the primary we’d have won going away.

The Minnesota situation is clearly fraud. Who knows what happens? I suspect it ends up Dem too. They will “find” enough votes. You have to beat them by more than 216 or else its as good as a loss in my book.


16 posted on 11/18/2008 4:14:37 PM PST by DemonDeac
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To: lewisglad

It will be interesting to see how many ACORN votes Franken’s people can slip in for him?


17 posted on 11/18/2008 5:11:36 PM PST by real_patriotic_american
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To: lewisglad
Poweline Blog reports the recount will last three weeks. Sigh.

Given Senator Coleman's narrow margin of victory, the result certified today will be subject to a mandatory recount. The recount begins tomorrow and will last for three weeks.

Another pertinent observation from Powerline (same link):

There has as yet been no full accounting for the previous adjustments that resulted in the shrinking of Senator Coleman's margin from 725 votes on the morning of November 5 to the 206 votes that preceded any final adjustment. Some day perhaps the Minnesota media will get around to taking a look in the interest of a fullly informed citizenry. Until that time, we will probably have to rely on the work of outside observers such as John Lott and Ed Lasky.

18 posted on 11/18/2008 6:25:54 PM PST by prairiebreeze ( Our troops DESERVE BETTER than Barack Hussein Obama!!)
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To: Don Corleone

The sad part is when we lower our standards and expectations to such a pathetic place where someone like Franken is even competitive.


19 posted on 11/18/2008 9:08:20 PM PST by FreeInWV (A moose bit my sister. Then Sarah Palin shot it.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
"RINOs...like Coleman ?"

Surely your comment isn't meant to equate a RINO with his opponent, a WHACKO???

20 posted on 11/19/2008 7:06:04 AM PST by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?)
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To: Redbob

I’ll take the RINO 24/7.


21 posted on 11/19/2008 8:04:40 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: prairiebreeze
There has as yet been no full accounting for the previous adjustments that resulted in the shrinking of Senator Coleman's margin from 725 votes on the morning of November 5 to the 206 votes that preceded any final adjustment.
All that will be irrelevant after the manual recount, so it's not worth wasting any time and effort on it. If it remains as close after the recount, the fury unleashed in the courts by the losing side (whoever that is) will drown out anything that happened before.
22 posted on 11/19/2008 12:06:14 PM PST by tyke
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