Franken vs Coleman absentee votes
by Jerome Armstrong, Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 05:25:33 PM EST
Another wildcard to consider in the MN Senate recount-- rejected absentee ballots:
Today's tally resulted in Coleman gaining 60 votes, while just 4% was added, going from 64% to 68% counted. At the same time, Coleman challenged 55 more votes today than Franken did, so that gain of 60 by Coleman is not surprising.
The total number of challenged ballots now stands at 1,982, but with the additional rejected absentee ballots included the topic:
Despite the mounting number of challenges being made to the regular ballots being recounted now -- more than 1,800 as of Saturday evening, almost evenly divided between the campaigns -- experts say that most of those disputes will be easily resolved by the five-member board. As a result, the challenges may in the end make only modest changes.
But if the Canvassing Board decides to review rejected absentee ballots, many still unexamined votes could get thrown into the mix, adding far more uncertainty.