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Coleman-Franken recount: 400 ballots to be opened next week

With Franken ahead by 225 votes, Coleman sought to have 1,360 ballots opened. The ruling (PDF) calling for 400 — with many from Hennepin, Ramsey and St. Louis counties — does not bode well for Coleman. The judges also scolded the Coleman lawyers for not proving their case well enough to include more ballots in this next round of ballot opening.
However, this is not the judges’ final decision. The judges haven’t ruled on the law, and this decision affects only the opening of ballots.
They didn’t address key legal issues dear to the Coleman side, such as whether there were violations of constitutional “equal protection” rights because ballots were counted differently in different counties.

More later.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Pat Lowther on 03/31/2009 - 05:22 pm.

    Paragraph 6 of the Order denies any other relief, including motions from each side. That means the case is over. I suggest there will be no further orders from this court.

  2. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 03/31/2009 - 06:25 pm.

    I have to wonder that if both candidates experienced the fact that ballots were counted differently in different counties. Would it make Coleman’s claims of “equal protection” any less worthy?

    As long as they both were equally inconvenienced , would not that “equal protection” point be moot?

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