I’m traveling today so not much blogging from me but thought I would check in to give some good news:
…with nearly 80 percent of the ballots recounted and Norm Coleman clinging to a roughly 200-vote lead over Al Franken, a resolution finally looks to be on the horizon
And the bad news:
All eyes will now turn to the five-member statewide canvassing board as it meets Wednesday morning to deal with the thorny question of whether to consider absentee ballots that were rejected by local election officials. The Franken campaign believes that the panel must do so in order to compile a complete and credible vote tally; the Coleman campaign argues such rejected ballots are outside the body’s jurisdiction.
But no matter the canvassing board’s decision, the issue is likely to ultimately end up in court.
Even worse news:
Perhaps the most intriguing wrinkle to consider when looking at possible litigation is the makeup of the canvassing board. Minnesota Supreme Court justices Eric Magnuson and G. Barry Anderson are both serving on the panel. This means that they would need to recuse themselves from any litigation related to the senate recount that comes before the state’s top court. Given that both were GOP appointees, this would seem to be an unwelcome development for the Coleman campaign.
But if this debacle goes on into January Gov. Pawlenty will be able to fill the seat, which would be Coleman, but then another election would have to be held next year….and you can bet your ass ACORN will be out in force to ensure as much voter fraud as possible once again.
A bit more good news to go with all that bad:
Minnesota’s Canvassing Board voted unanimously to reject Franken’s request to include thousands of absentee ballots that are not included in the recount in the Minnesota senate race between the Democratic challenger and Republican incumbent Norm Coleman.