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Minnesota Board Rejects Franken’s Absentee Appeal


I just posted about this a few minutes ago, and then this update pops up…

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.

The Canvassing Board, which oversees the recount, stressed during a hearing today, that they weren’t rejecting the merits made by Franken’s attorneys. The panel also indicated that the fight over the exclusion of the absentee ballots from the recount will most likely land in court. Some 12,000 absentee ballots were rejected from the initial vote count because of technicalities and errors.

The supermajority dream is beginning to wane, and for that I think we can all be thankful. The Dems don’t need unlimited power when trying to build a more unified government. Best to be a few seats shy so they’ll have to work across the aisle to convince moderate Repubs to join them. That’ll give the GOP some needed leverage to make sure red America is represented when legislation comes up for a vote.

But then there’s always 2010…