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Franken May Appeal To Senate, Courts
cBS ^ | December 1, 2008, 5:55 PM | Brian Montopoli

Posted on 12/01/2008 3:45:30 PM PST by Red Steel

Minnesota Senate candidate Al Franken's campaign says it may appeal to the U.S. Senate or the courts because it believes that up to 1,000 absentee ballots were improperly disqualified in the state's recount of votes, The Hill reports.

"Wherever the numbers stand today…that number simply cannot be relevant if it does not include all the votes that were legally cast," Franken attorney Marc Elias said, according to the newspaper. "No recount can be considered accurate or complete until all the ballots cast by lawful voters are counted."

Franken trails Republican rival Norm Coleman by 282 votes with most of the vote counted, though his campaign claims the deficit has shrunk to 73 votes.

Here's more background from The Hill:

Minnesota's Board of Canvassers ruled last Wednesday that it would not revisit the improperly disqualified ballots.

Elias said that of the 12,000 disqualified absentee ballots in the race, "as many as 1,000″ ballots were improperly excluded, and should be counted. Elias said it would appeal to the Board of Canvassers, courts, or even the U.S. Senate to ensure those ballots be counted.

The U.S. Constitution allows each congressional chamber to be the "Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called the Board of Canvassers' decision to not count the absentee ballots "a cause for great concern," fueling speculation that the Senate would explore the legality of the Minnesota recount's results.

"If ultimately there is no remedy before the canvassing board or before the courts, then that is certainly an option," Elias said of appealing to the Senate.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 111th; electionussenate; franken; frankenloser; judiciary; mn2008; stealingelections; votefraud
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1 posted on 12/01/2008 3:45:30 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Of course he will. He’s a democrat.


2 posted on 12/01/2008 3:46:19 PM PST by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Red Steel
Franken only appeals to complete morons so he stands a good chance of winning.
3 posted on 12/01/2008 3:46:58 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Red Steel

What a panty waisted cell punk.


4 posted on 12/01/2008 3:47:10 PM PST by WorkerbeeCitizen (An inadequately policed Conservative)
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To: b4its2late

He certainly doesn’t appeal to anyone else, does he?


5 posted on 12/01/2008 3:47:11 PM PST by jessduntno (Barack - Kenyan for "High Wind, Big Thunder, No Rain")
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To: Red Steel

Keep recounting until you win, and if that doesn’t work, sue.

I hope this f**ker loses by 1 vote.


6 posted on 12/01/2008 3:47:23 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: Red Steel

How about we have him fill the senate seat in NY?


7 posted on 12/01/2008 3:48:40 PM PST by DocT111
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To: Red Steel

I don’t see what recourse the Senate might have. As for the courts, I suppose it all depends on whether or not the judge hearing the case feels up to creating law from the bench on the day he/she hears arguments...don’t you just love life under a judicial oligarchy?


8 posted on 12/01/2008 3:48:56 PM PST by SerafinQ
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To: Red Steel
Franken wonders why he is less than a third rate comedian? What a joke...
9 posted on 12/01/2008 3:49:06 PM PST by Issaquahking (Obama won the election, and America lost!)
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To: Red Steel

Count Coleman votes, throw out Franken votes.


10 posted on 12/01/2008 3:49:33 PM PST by FFranco
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To: Red Steel

call whine-1-1

i just made that up.


11 posted on 12/01/2008 3:49:44 PM PST by Feline_AIDS (Because canine AIDS ain't funny.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Keep recounting until you win, and if that doesn’t work, sue.

And then have the Democrat Senate overrule the count and the courts and seat you anyway.

12 posted on 12/01/2008 3:50:05 PM PST by Mojave (http://barackobamajokes.googlepages.com/obama_funny)
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To: Red Steel

This man is vile and evil and an enemy of America. He went on SNL to tell the same propaganda lie that has been used in wars from WWII to Vietnam that the troops serving were missing out on seeing their wives cheat on them back home.

Air America stole taxpayer money from Boys and Girls Club of America to fund their operations. Randi Rhodes made several on air death threats against the President.

Dennis Miller has said that Al Franken is a friend of his but that in no way should this man be serving in the Senate.

The Socialist Democrat Party is determined to tear this country apart.


13 posted on 12/01/2008 3:50:19 PM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

I hope that Randi Rhodes is in another drunken stupor and trips and falls again, this time on Al Doofus.


14 posted on 12/01/2008 3:51:09 PM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: b4its2late

In 2004 Al wrestled a 64 year old man to the ground for heckling John Kerry. Later, he bragged about being on his school’s wrestling team. He uses his wife’s alcohol problems in his ads,and it does not surprise me that she acts as his keeper when he loses control.
Much worse than this is the stuff Keith Ellison,Minnesota’s muslim 5th district Rep to DC., has been saying lately, (search on you tube for his latest.) Ellison mentions the Reischstag fire–hmmm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5As0Zt36Oqs


15 posted on 12/01/2008 3:51:28 PM PST by jessduntno (Barack - Kenyan for "High Wind, Big Thunder, No Rain")
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To: Issaquahking

Have to wonder if he was the score for the dope on that show. I mean why else would they keep him around at SNL all those years.


16 posted on 12/01/2008 3:52:15 PM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: Red Steel

well, he certainly doesn’t appeal to me.


17 posted on 12/01/2008 3:52:29 PM PST by NonValueAdded (once you get to really know people, there are always better reasons than [race] for despising them.)
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To: Red Steel
Franken attorney Marc Elias said, according to the newspaper. "No recount can be considered accurate or complete until all the ballots cast by lawful voters are counted."

No,Comrade...that's not *exactly* how it works.Not only must the voters *themselves* be lawful (and I'm surprised to hear you,a RAT lawyer,acknowledge this) but those lawful voters must have cast lawful *ballots*.You see,*that's* the problem that your client has here.

18 posted on 12/01/2008 3:52:40 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: weegee
I hope that Randi Rhodes is in another drunken stupor and trips and falls again, this time on Al Doofus.

I'll bet that would be the biggest "thrill" Al's had in...his entire life.

19 posted on 12/01/2008 3:54:41 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: Red Steel

Al Franken, cry baby.


20 posted on 12/01/2008 3:54:55 PM PST by Joiseydude (Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,)
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To: weegee

if the numbers can not be relevant unless all votes are counted, then i surpose the obama election is not revelant either. ALL elections, theres are spoil votes, but the errors are usually below 1%. If you lose under 1%,then you’re just unlucky


21 posted on 12/01/2008 3:56:17 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: Red Steel

The thing that’s really sad is that the results were even close enough to warrant a re-count. You folks in Minnesota must really be proud...


22 posted on 12/01/2008 3:59:45 PM PST by rigor mortis
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To: Red Steel

What a sore loser a-hole. It’s a sad day in America when we come this close to putting a comedian/clown POS in the U.S. Senate.


23 posted on 12/01/2008 4:01:45 PM PST by jersey117
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To: Red Steel
Minnesota's Board of Canvassers ruled last Wednesday that it would not revisit the improperly disqualified ballots.

Shouldn't there be an "allegedly" in there?

24 posted on 12/01/2008 4:06:56 PM PST by fhayek
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To: Red Steel
You can blame this mess on those well educated, fine and up standing voters in Minnesota who gave the state the FIRST professional ‘rassler governor, and now seeks to give the nation the first certified idiot as a senator. Minnesota should be sold to Canada.
25 posted on 12/01/2008 4:10:04 PM PST by RetiredArmy (NOTE TO REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS: PLAY THE CONSERVATIVE CARD!!!)
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To: Red Steel

What’s he trying to do, “steal the election”?


26 posted on 12/01/2008 4:10:50 PM PST by CodeToad
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To: Feline_AIDS

27 posted on 12/01/2008 4:12:04 PM PST by Dr.Deth
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To: Feline_AIDS
call whine-1-1

i just made that up.

It made me laugh.

28 posted on 12/01/2008 4:12:14 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: 4rcane

If there was a runoff election, Al Franken would lose by much more than 1%.


29 posted on 12/01/2008 4:12:32 PM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: Red Steel

What a whiny baby. He’s about to throw another tantrum, maybe he needs a nap. But his leftie friends in high places urged him on, so who knows? He might start a trend, where anyone who loses can appeal. Well, any dem, that is.


30 posted on 12/01/2008 4:16:06 PM PST by fortunecookie (Please pray for Anna, age 7, who waits for a new kidney.)
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To: Feline_AIDS

“call whine-1-1”

And have them send a waaa-mbulance

(I can’t take the credit/blame for that one.)


31 posted on 12/01/2008 4:18:56 PM PST by Gil4
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To: fortunecookie

I heard he is incensed!

(A little Advent humor - “Franken insensed”)


32 posted on 12/01/2008 4:20:03 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: Red Steel
What a sore loser!


33 posted on 12/01/2008 4:20:39 PM PST by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: rigor mortis

Pretty sad state in a country when we put this guy on the ticket. I’m at the point let’s give them what they want and we’ll bunker down while they trip over each other in the playground.


34 posted on 12/01/2008 4:21:02 PM PST by prayerfullywaiting
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To: Red Steel

This is what we can expect on a national level if elections come down to who gets the most popular votes.


35 posted on 12/01/2008 4:22:17 PM PST by RWB Patriot ("Let 'em learn the hard way, 'cause teaching them is more trouble than they're worth,")
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To: RetiredArmy

I live close to Canada. I don’t think they would want to by him. They have a few clowns of their own they would like to get rid of.


36 posted on 12/01/2008 4:22:59 PM PST by prayerfullywaiting
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To: Red Steel

This guy is really bizzare. I would sure hate to be his wife.


37 posted on 12/01/2008 4:23:24 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: 21twelve

you mean possessed...


38 posted on 12/01/2008 4:23:57 PM PST by prayerfullywaiting
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To: prayerfullywaiting

They should fit right in with that french bunch in Munntreeall.


39 posted on 12/01/2008 4:25:39 PM PST by RetiredArmy (NOTE TO REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS: PLAY THE CONSERVATIVE CARD!!!)
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To: prayerfullywaiting

is the devil a registered voter? He seems to have slipped in quite a few votes in this election....That would make a good book title or cartoon actually...


40 posted on 12/01/2008 4:26:31 PM PST by prayerfullywaiting
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To: Red Steel
Minnesota's Board of Canvassers ruled last Wednesday that it would not revisit the improperly disqualified ballots.

A great example of how media bias works. Who said they were "improperly" disqualified? The Franken campaign. But the news story calls them "improperly disqualified ballots", thus making the readers believe that the votes were known to be valid.

Who wouldn't want to count valid votes?

41 posted on 12/01/2008 4:29:52 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Red Steel

Its over Franken. But I don’t want him to just be defeated. I want to see him grovel and concede defeat.


42 posted on 12/01/2008 4:31:49 PM PST by plain talk
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To: Red Steel
The U.S. Constitution allows each congressional chamber to be the "Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members

I wonder what that really means. Only Coleman is a "member"
43 posted on 12/01/2008 4:36:08 PM PST by stylin19a ( Real Men don't declare unplayable lies)
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To: Red Steel

I honestly think that if the Democrat Senate overturns the state of Minnesota citizens’ choice for senator, then Lieberman would caucus with Republicans.

Who would willingly be associated with such a vile organization like the Democrat Party anyhow?


44 posted on 12/01/2008 4:40:11 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (All hail the Obamasiah! Kneel before Obamohammad!)
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To: Red Steel

what a dickhead


45 posted on 12/01/2008 4:44:05 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlamp of an oncoming train.)
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To: Feline_AIDS

call whine-1-1

Good One!!


46 posted on 12/01/2008 4:45:51 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlamp of an oncoming train.)
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To: SerafinQ
I don’t see what recourse the Senate might have.

Each branch of congress has the right to look into the election of its members and not seat anyone they don't want. In other words, yes, Reid and the rest of the democrats can say no to Coleman and he won't be seated.

47 posted on 12/01/2008 4:48:34 PM PST by engrpat (End the National Nightmare on 1-20-2013)
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To: Red Steel
Franken was a poor comedian, a bad radio commentator and a general blow hard. He would make a poor addition to the US Senate. I don't doubt he will use every dirty trick in the book to get there though.The Intellectual Redneck
48 posted on 12/01/2008 4:56:04 PM PST by Askwhy5times (http://bloggingredneck.blogspot.com/)
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To: Red Steel

People from Minnesota are completely out of their minds and this is coming from a guy who lives just outside of Boston.


49 posted on 12/01/2008 4:59:37 PM PST by mowowie
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To: Askwhy5times

I agree with eveything in your post.
I wonder how in the hell has he stayed relevent since the 70’s, Back when he sucked even then.
He is like an extreme case of Herepes.
Oh yea, Remind me never to move to Minnesota, That place is just....I don’t know, I can’t find the exact word to describe it.


50 posted on 12/01/2008 5:03:56 PM PST by mowowie
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