Pre-recount: Mountain Iron funny business?

Fully on alert for pre-recount funny business, Politics in Minnesota notes that Thursday night, precisely 100 Obama/Franken votes were added from Mountain Iron’s Precinct 1.

“Isn’t 100 new votes for Obama and Franken in Mountain Iron Precinct One statistically impossible?,” asks PIM’s Sarah Janecek.

Perhaps, but I just got off the phone with Mountain Iron deputy registrar Jill Anderson, who read me the totals she called into Saint Louis County on Election Night. They exactly match what is now on the Secretary of State’s website: Franken 506, Coleman 211.

Anderson said no new ballots have been “discovered” since then. That means the county probably made a recording error when transmitting the data to the state. (Haven’t connected with county officials yet.)

By the way, there was a similar 100-vote error, also in Franken’s favor, in Pine County. In that case, 124 votes initially was transmitted as 24.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by David Koski on 11/07/2008 - 06:52 pm.

    I have been stating this on various blogs, just to balance out the Coleman campaign accusations.
    Isn’t it possible that votes are showing up for Franken, that otherwise would have never seen the light of day. It is possible that the Republican operatives were rigging the election and they failed to give Coleman enough of a margin. Triggering the recount is most likely a huge nightmare for Republicans. This is because not only will they lose the Senate seat that they never rightfully gained, but it may shed some light on the nefarious behind the scenes Republican vote fraud operation.
    See? This is plausible, probably more likely than the Franken campaign stealing the election.

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