(MN-Sen) Franken wins absentee ballot suit

Just picked this up on HuffPo:

A Minnesota judge has granted a request by Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken for the release of information on voters whose absentee ballots were rejected.

While this applies only to Ramsey County (home of St. Paul, the capitol), it's the second largest county, and a symbolic victory after the Sec. of State refused to count the rejected ballots until the court told them otherwise (dammit Mark Ritchie, you're supposed to be a corrupt partisan Democrat, throw me a bone here :P )

Considering that there's only 215 votes between the two major players in this election and the slight statistically larger chance that rejected ballots are Democratic, this could be big news... especially if it causes a release of other rejected absentees across the state.

Sorry this is a short diary, but I wanted to talk about something besides how Chicken Little feels like Obama knocked over the sky today.

Tags: Al Franken, norm coleman (all tags)

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16 Comments

The recount starts today

I don't envy the recount people.  That's a lot of drudgery.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-19 11:03AM | 0 recs
they get paid

practically nothing.  

by anna shane 2008-11-19 02:39PM | 0 recs
True enough

Preserving democracy is a thankless job; luckily there are folks that don't need thanks to do the right thing.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-20 04:52AM | 0 recs
Re: (MN-Sen) Franken wins absentee ballot suit

"Just picked this up on HuffPo:"

Are you sure that you want anything that you can pick up at Huff Post?  If I were you I'd get vaccinated.

by Why Not 2008-11-19 11:05AM | 0 recs
What?

You have a problem with pictures of Lindsay Lohan and her girlfriend in bikinis?

But seriously.  I could've looked it up on the Tribune website, but I wasn't there at the moment.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-19 11:08AM | 0 recs
Re: (MN-Sen) Franken wins absentee ballot suit

Michelle "Crazy Lady" Bachmann was on Hannity & Colmes last night.  I could only stand to watch 20 seconds or so of it.  Apparently they are finding "hundreds of ballots for Franken in the trunk of people's cars" and "Coleman hasn't gotten any more votes since the polls closed."  I wonder if they ever tell Alan Colmes who the guests are going to be?  He's the most painful part of the whole show.

by the mollusk 2008-11-19 11:41AM | 0 recs
Coleman got 9 votes yesterday

Bachmann is a fruitcake and I'd like to take a tire iron to the 6th district.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-19 11:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Coleman got 9 votes yesterday

you and I know that, but Alan Colmes doesn't.  Sean Hannity and Michelle Bachmann don't care.

by the mollusk 2008-11-19 12:58PM | 0 recs
Re: (MN-Sen) Franken wins absentee ballot suit

HOW was she ever re-elected???!!!!

by swissffun 2008-11-19 11:51AM | 0 recs
Tough district

It's an extremely conservative district; there's also the sense is that there was a media pile-on, taking her remarks a little too far.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-19 11:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Tough district

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/110 8/15797.html

the photo of her brings to mind images of - marilyn manson!!

by swissffun 2008-11-19 12:05PM | 0 recs
+cringe+

Yeeesh.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-19 12:07PM | 0 recs
Re: (MN-Sen) Franken wins absentee ballot suit

dammit Mark Ritchie, you're supposed to be a corrupt partisan Democrat, throw me a bone here.....

amazing that the Democrats don't need to rely on Katherine Harris' thank god!

by swissffun 2008-11-19 11:51AM | 0 recs
Er, what?

As far as I can tell, Ritchie has actually been a class act through this whole thing; a model of proper conduct.

Coleman's people are smearing him like crazy, though.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-19 11:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Er, what?

exactly, but we would expect that, no?

btw - great that your hanging out in your diary ;-)

by swissffun 2008-11-19 12:00PM | 0 recs
I pretty much always do

It's like potting a plant or buying a dog: you gotta take care of your diary.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-19 12:07PM | 0 recs

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