Skip to comments.Franken May Appeal To Senate, Courts
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.
Of course he will. He’s a democrat.
What a panty waisted cell punk.
He certainly doesn’t appeal to anyone else, does he?
Keep recounting until you win, and if that doesn’t work, sue.
I hope this f**ker loses by 1 vote.
How about we have him fill the senate seat in NY?
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?
Count Coleman votes, throw out Franken votes.
i just made that up.
And then have the Democrat Senate overrule the count and the courts and seat you anyway.
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.
I hope that Randi Rhodes is in another drunken stupor and trips and falls again, this time on Al Doofus.
In 2004 Al wrestled a 64 year old man to the ground for heckling John Kerry. Later, he bragged about being on his schools wrestling team. He uses his wifes 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,Minnesotas muslim 5th district Rep to DC., has been saying lately, (search on you tube for his latest.) Ellison mentions the Reischstag firehmmm.
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.
well, he certainly doesn’t appeal to me.
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.
I'll bet that would be the biggest "thrill" Al's had in...his entire life.
Al Franken, cry baby.
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
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...
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.
Shouldn't there be an "allegedly" in there?
What’s he trying to do, “steal the election”?
i just made that up.
It made me laugh.
If there was a runoff election, Al Franken would lose by much more than 1%.
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.
And have them send a waaa-mbulance
(I can’t take the credit/blame for that one.)
I heard he is incensed!
(A little Advent humor - “Franken insensed”)
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.
This is what we can expect on a national level if elections come down to who gets the most popular votes.
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.
This guy is really bizzare. I would sure hate to be his wife.
you mean possessed...
They should fit right in with that french bunch in Munntreeall.
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...
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?
Its over Franken. But I don’t want him to just be defeated. I want to see him grovel and concede defeat.
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?
what a dickhead
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.
People from Minnesota are completely out of their minds and this is coming from a guy who lives just outside of Boston.
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.