Coleman: I’ll double Franken’s challenges

Norm Coleman’s campaign has decided Al Franken’s pledge — to present fewer than 500 ballot challenges to the state Canvass Board — isn’t worth matching.

Instead, Coleman forces said in a release late Sunday afternoon “… it is our intent to reduce our challenges to somewhere south of 1,000 ballot challenges by the time the board meets on Tuesday.”

There are a few gratuitous shots at DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie; here’s the text:

COLEMAN CAMPAIGN INTENDS TO PRESENT BOARD WITH LESS THAN 1,000 CHALLENGES
Lays Out Concerns Over Upcoming Canvassing Board Meetings

ST. PAUL – Fritz Knaak, Senior Counsel for Coleman for Senate, released the following statement:

“We continue to have concerns that the Secretary of State’s Office has not provided to the Canvassing Board either a clear description as to what types of ballot challenges should be ‘board worthy’ or a uniform set of standards under which the board should count ballots. Nonetheless, we are committed to a process that is efficient and reasonable.

“With that in mind, it is our intent to reduce our challenges to somewhere south of 1,000 ballot challenges by the time the board meets on Tuesday. It is our hope that prior to the Canvassing Board meeting the board and the Secretary of State will have a credible process that is both uniform and consistent for reviewing challenged ballots.”

(Grammarians: it is “fewer than,” right? Both campaigns used “less than” in their press releases today.)

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Aaron Petty on 12/14/2008 - 07:50 pm.

    Its less than a mandate.

  2. Submitted by Laurie Zelesnikar on 12/15/2008 - 09:44 am.

    David — Your hunch is correct. If you can count it item by item (yes, like a ballot), the correct usage is “fewer.” Of course a Coleman camp statement from last week also used the common but incorrect coinage, “could care less” when the speaker meant quite the opposite. Shabby, shabby.

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