[7:25 p.m. note: This story changed so much during the day I’ve rewritten it to include the newest info. The cross-outs from earlier updates have been removed.]
After what has been a bad 24 hours at the recount tables, Al Franken got a bit of seemingly good news. According to MPR’s Curtis Gilbert, Ramsey County found 171 uncounted ballots in a Maplewood’s Sixth precinct. Apparently, an optical scanner broke down and ballots weren’t run through the replacement.
The Strib’s Curt Brown reports that Coleman officials say Franken picked up 37 votes, receiving 91 of the 171 to Coleman’s 54. Election-night returns indicate that precinct gave Franken 45 percent of its vote, compared to Coleman’s 39 percent.
It was initially reported that after the ballots were found and counted, there were more votes than voters who signed in. That was later found not to be true.