Monday, January 05, 2009

Minnesota Senate Recount -- update 10

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Following up on my post from yesterday...

CNN: "A state election board on Monday will announce Democrat Al Franken has defeated Republican incumbent Norm Coleman in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race, state officials told CNN Sunday... The canvassing board on Monday will say a recount determined Franken won by 225 votes, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie told CNN."

Expect a challenge, or at least an initial show of defiance, even if Harry Reid wants Coleman to concede ASAP.

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  • As nearly as I can determine, the Minnesota canvassing board consists of at least two Democrats and at least two Republicans (I couldn't determine the party affiliation of the final member, a judge appointed by Jesse Ventura). Four of the five members are state judges (including two state Supreme Court justices), and the fifth member is Minnesota's Secretary of State (a Democrat). The board's composition was also approved by Minnesota's governor (a Republican). Given these facts, I think the integrity and objectivity of the canvassing board is pretty well assured, and their results should be given some credence.

    If the results of the recount are as expected, Franken should be seated provisionally, subject to final determination of contested issues by the state courts.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:47 AM  

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