Recount: See you in court?

  • Updated: January 4, 2009 - 9:44 PM

SEE YOU IN COURT?

The Coleman campaign has said it is likely to file an "election contest," or lawsuit, if the Canvassing Board certifies final results showing Al Franken on top. The campaign would have seven days to file for a contest, which would be heard by a three-judge panel appointed by Minnesota Chief Justice Eric Magnuson. An election certificate couldn't be issued until the contest is over.

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT COULD COME UP:

Rejected absentee ballots. The Coleman campaign sought to have 654 rejected ballots added to a review that yielded the 933 that were counted on Saturday. That request is now before the Supreme Court and could also be part of a postrecount election contest.

Duplicate ballots. The Coleman camp says as many as 150 original and duplicate ballots may have been double-counted in primarily DFL areas. That is another issue that could be part of a legal challenge.

Missing ballots in Minneapolis. The Coleman campaign might challenge the decision to use election night machine totals, rather than recount totals, from a northeast Minneapolis precinct where about 130 ballots went missing. Without the machine totals, Franken's lead would be 46 votes smaller.

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