Keep Counting Until You Win, It’s The Democrat Way


Court declares Franken winner; Coleman to appeal

After a trial spanning nearly three months, Norm Coleman’s attempt to reverse Al Franken’s lead in the recount of the U.S. Senate election was soundly rejected today by a three-judge panel that dismissed the Republican’s lawsuit.

The judges swept away Coleman’s argument that the election and its aftermath were fraught with systemic errors that made the results invalid.

“The overwhelming weight of the evidence indicates that the Nov. 4, 2008, election was conducted fairly, impartially and accurately,” the panel said in its unanimous decision.

In rejecting Coleman’s arguments, the panel said the Republican essentially asked it to ignore Minnesota election requirements and adopt a more lenient standard allowing illegal absentee ballots to be counted.

The panel also rejected Coleman’s comparison of Senate election problems to those in the 2000 presidential race in Florida.

Unlike Florida, Minnesota has statewide standards for absentee voting that are “uniform and explicit and apply in every county and city,” the panel wrote.

See also:
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MN-Sen: Franken declared the winner
Media Ignore Fact that Minn. Recount Boss Mark Ritchie an ACORN Ally
2006 Endorsements
Court Finds For Franken
Norm Coleman for US Senate

How do you find more than 1000 votes to go from losing by more than 700 votes on election day, six months ago, to winning by more than 300 votes today, after a canvass, recount, and court challenge? Well, you start by “finding” hundreds of ballots, in places like car trunks, days after the election is over. Then, during the canvass, you count hundreds of duplicate ballots in several Franken districts. Next, during the recount, you rely on Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, a huge ACORN Democrat to shepherd your campaign over the finish line for the big win. Finally, you depend on the Democrat dominated Minnesota judiciary to put the stamp of approval on your stunning 900 vote, reversal of fortune, come from behind victory, and then add another 100 votes to the margin, just for good measure.

I watched the recount and, living in Minnesota, have been paying close attention to this saga since election day. The scope of the irregularities is mind boggling.

Unlike Florida, Minnesota has statewide standards for absentee voting that are “uniform and explicit and apply in every county and city,” the panel wrote.

Are they joking? Many counties refused to even participate in the absentee recount. There’s no way absentee recount election standards were consistently applied statewide or , for that matter, during the recount of election day ballots. There’s gigantic due process and equal protection issues here that deserve further appeal. This Senate election process and the resulting aftermath is so fundamentally and fatally flawed, the only equitable dispensation of justice is to order a special election.

Anyway, Norm’s next stop is the Minnesota Supreme Court, which will undoubtedly uphold the Panel’s ruling, and then it’s on to the U.S. Supreme Court on federal Constitutional grounds.

Republicans, as well as right minded people everywhere, should financially support Norm’s legal appeals as long as it takes and as far as they go, out of principle and, yes, for tactical partisan purposes. Franken’s victory comes by hook and crook, why should we give up before we at least run out the string of legal options?

/just remember, every day without Al Franken in the U.S. Senate is a markedly better day than the alternative