Coleman-Franken recount: Election watchdog groups back counting rejected absentee ballots

The League of Women Voters Minnesota, Common Cause Minnesota and Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota called this afternoon for all improperly rejected absentee ballots to be counted in the Franken-Coleman recount.

In a statement, the groups said they believe “Minnesota’s election officials are best suited to determine the mechanics to resolve this issue. It is imperative to the citizens of Minnesota that every legitimate vote is counted.  Where a voter properly completed an absentee ballot, that vote should not be invalidated by operation or error of election officials.”

This, of course, is the position of the Franken campaign.

Soon after the recount, the Minnesota Republican Party accused Common Cause of being biased. The League of Women Voters has a longstanding record of being clearly nonpartisan.

“We encourage the canvass board to speak with one voice and send a clear message to Minnesota voters that the purpose of the board is to ensure the integrity of this election. Partisan politics must not take priority over counting each and every legitimate vote,” the coalition said.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Eric Paul Jacobsen on 12/10/2008 - 06:37 pm.

    Sure, the three election watchdog groups are biased — in favor of democracy.

    It’s a fact that Common Cause is a left-leaning organization. But it supported the same statement as the League of Women Voters and the Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota. Does their pro-democracy position become “tainted” just because Common Cause has joined them?

    I hope the canvass board understands better than the Minnesota Republican Party that there is nothing partisan about counting every vote. Indeed, this is the only non-partisan position it is possible to take.

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