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.