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Posted by on Dec 23, 2008 in At TMV | 0 comments

Coleman-Franken: Dec. 23, 6:43 PM (It Is Now ’09)

AP’s Brian Bakst reports in Yahoo! News that the Minnesota Canvassing Board “scheduled a Jan. 5 meeting and its chairman said the panel’s work could spill into Jan. 6 — the day the next Congress convenes.”

As we left it yesterday evening, Franken was leading by 48 votes, but the Canvassing Board made one correction that brought Franken’s lead down to 47 votes.

There are still problems and challenges surrounding the recount. Issues such as double-counted ballots, allocation of challenged ballots and other “potential errors.”

And then there is still the issue of the 1,600 absentee ballots, incorrectly rejected on Election Day that still have to be opened and counted.

On this, Bakst reports:

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled last week that improperly rejected absentee ballots must be included in the state’s recount. Under a proposal awaiting ratification, Ritchie said the board would count the ballots that recount officials and the campaigns agree were wrongly excluded from the earlier vote tallies.

But that process is also laden with problems. Under a Supreme Court ruling last week, either campaign can object to the counting of each of the absentee ballots. The ballot would be set aside unless the voter who is affected heads to court for an order to count it…

So, now it is “stay tuned until next year.”

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