Recount re-goo: Correction fluid?

It’s not “Lizard People,” but surely the day’s weirdest recounted ballot come from Becker County. According to Detroit Lakes’ DL-Online:

There has been one challenge so far in the two hours of recounting. It comes from the Coleman campaign.

[Becker County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan] Tangen said the issue is a vote that is marked clearly for Franken, but the oval for Coleman appears to be covered by correction fluid.

Do you or anyone you know carry around correction fluid? Much less try to use it on a ballot?

There are bigger problems in Becker County, since the county just discovered 61 ballots uncounted on Election Day or in the canvass. [Hat tip to Minnesota Independent.] They were in proper custody, but not transferred to precincts for counting.

Don’t expect GOP spinmeisters to make a big deal of this, a la the Minneapolis car-ballot fiction. As DL-Online notes, “Coleman carried Becker County by 2,400 votes in the original count.”

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Amanda Tempel on 11/25/2008 - 01:09 am.

    Correction fluid? It’s likely on an absentee ballot that was mailed in. Rather than attempt to get a new ballot after making a mistake, the voter likely attempted to simply correct it & send it in.

  2. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 11/25/2008 - 10:11 am.

    I’m showing my age here, but there was a time when no self-respecting secretary would be caught without white out. I’m guessing an older office worker is to blame.

  3. Submitted by Brian Simon on 11/25/2008 - 11:50 am.

    “Don’t expect GOP spinmeisters to make a big deal of this…. As DL-Online notes, “Coleman carried Becker County by 2,400 votes in the original count.” ”

    Surely you don’t mean to imply they are more concerned with winning than with ensuring all ballots are counted!

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