Minnesotans will not know whether Democrat Al Franken or Republican Norm Coleman won the Senate race until next year. Election officials, along with the two campaigns, have agreed on a framework for adding wrongly-rejected absentee ballots to the recount.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that the estimated 1,600 wrongly rejected absentee ballots must be counted in the U.S. Senate recount, but only after the Secretary of State, local elections officials and the Coleman and Franken campaigns agree on a process to identify them.
Now it's on to Norm Coleman's challenges. This morning the State Canvassing Board will begin examining the disputed ballots put forward by the Republican incumbent. That comes after the board spent a day and a half processing most of the challenges put forward by Democrat Al Franken.
An attorney for Norm Coleman's re-election campaign told Minnesota Supreme Court justices today that the idea the estimated 1,600 rejected absentee ballots in the Senate recount fit neatly into a category is an illusion.
The statewide recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race has given us a chance to see just how accurate our voting equipment is. The numbers the vote counting machines spat out on election night are remarkably close to the preliminary ones from the recount, which was done by hand.
On Tuesday, the State Canvassing Board started the process of reviewing the more than 1,400 challenged ballots in the U.S. Senate race. At end the of the day, they had reviewed approx. 150 ballots.