The Minneapolis Star Tribune liveblogged this morning's meeting of the Minnesota Canvassing Board to determine whether ballots in the Coleman/Franken Senate race were improperly rejected. Events so far appear to be leaning in Franken's favor. Here are some highlights:
On to the improperly rejected absentee ballots. So far, in 49 counties, 4,823 rejected ballots have been examined and 638 of those were determined by local officials to have been wrongfully rejected, Deputy Secretary of State Jim Gelbmann reported. If that trend holds true, with more than 13 percent of the votes tossed improperly, that would end up totalling 1,587 statewide, he said.
Board members unanimously voted to ask the canvassing boards in the state’s 87 counties to count the “allegedly” improperly rejected ballots and. All stressed that this is just a recommendation, given the fact that the board has no authority to order the counties to do the job.
The meeting has since ended with the board calling a recess until next Tuesday, but it's looking like this thing might be wrapped up just in time for the winner to run for reelection in 2014. Cross your fingers!
Tags: Al Franken, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Senate