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Randomness costs Coleman one vote

Call it a reverse coin flip in Carver County.
By David Brauer

I almost can’t believe this is true. From the Chanhassen Villager:

Coleman lost a vote that was cast for him in Chanhassen Precinct 1 after it was discovered that there was one more ballot cast than the number of signatures provided by voters at the polling location, Engelen said. The numbers have to balance when the election results are reported. When there is a discrepancy in the number of signatures and ballots at a polling place, state statute dictates that ballots are randomly withdrawn so that the numbers are equal.

In this case, one ballot had to be randomly withdrawn. That was a Coleman vote. Franken can thank his lucky stars for that drawing.

Coleman won the Chanhassen precinct 2-to-1, so the odds were against him.

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This apparently happened yesterday (though I’m unclear if the “Wednesday” they refer to was the day after election day). I think this is already reflected on the Secretary of State’s web site.

Richard Crawford’s story notes Franken also picked up a Hollywood Township vote; it was improperly inserted in the voting machine. That gave the Democrat a net Carver County gain of two.

Overall, Carver is clearly Coleman Country: he won every precinct there.