Franken may get lift from 171 ‘found’ ballots

[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.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 12/02/2008 - 03:14 pm.

    I hope you’re reading the comments at the Strib as they’re getting insanely stupid. One commenter pretended to be another commenter’s dad and expressed his regret at not aborting his commenter/offspring.

    It really makes me wonder just what they’re saying on talk radio to get people so fired up about not counting all the votes.

  2. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 12/02/2008 - 03:14 pm.

    “It also pushs the total ballots cast above the number of voters, which is not good.”

    Pfft. Ya think?

    You really have a way with words, Dave.

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 12/02/2008 - 03:18 pm.

    By the way.

    Doesn’t it say something about Franken’s chances that he has to rely on discoveries of incompetent bungling (at best) for bit[s] of seemingly good news?

    I think it does.

  4. Submitted by David Koski on 12/02/2008 - 04:16 pm.

    Thomas Swift, what does that say about what a loser of an incumbent Senator you got, when he should have won by a larger margin. It is quite obvious that with instant runoff voting Franken would have easily won, because many more Barkley voters would have gone with Franken. so, even if Coleman “wins” he is still a loser and he probably will be indicted.
    Face it, the Republican party screwed up cheating on this election. Missing ballots is the smoking gun, Coleman should concede before we find out the extent of the cheating and how long it has been going on.

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