The Minnesota Canvassing Board is expected to certify Al Franken the winner of the U.S. Senate race at its meeting this afternoon. But a likely legal challenge could leave the state with only one sitting senator for the foreseeable future.
Minnesota's Senate recount played out on three fronts Friday: local officials readied unopened
absentee ballots for counting this weekend, the state's highest court kept a legal door open for Sen. Norm Coleman, and a top Republican in Washington hinted at a Capitol battle ahead.
Today is the deadline for local election officials to submit wrongly rejected absentee ballots in the U.S. Senate recount. The Coleman campaign is seeking a court order changing the process to determine which rejected ballots should included.
In theory, Minnesotans whose absentee ballots were rejected, reconsidered, then rejected again have a last chance to get their voice heard before the end of the state's U.S. Senate recount. In practice, they're probably out of luck.
Democratic candidate Al Franken now holds
a 50-vote lead over Republican Sen. Norm Coleman with almost all of the counting in Minnesota's Senate race done. The battle now shifts to the 1.300 or so wrongly rejected absentee ballots.
Elections officials around the state are holding meetings to identify and count over 1,300 wrongly rejected absentee ballots in the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Norm Coleman and challenger Al Franken.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has denied a motion by Republican Senator Norm Coleman's campaign calling for an investigation into whether double counting occurred in the U.S. Senate recount. Also today, justices extended the deadline to count any wrongly-rejected absentee ballots.
An attorney for the Sen. Norm Coleman's reelection campaign today asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to stop the state canvassing board from certifying the U.S. Senate election until officials can resolve any double-counted votes.