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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Franken now wants forensic search

I give Al and "A" for trying..but jeez calling in CSI? A bit much...from the Hill:

Democrat Al Franken's campaign called Thursday for Minnesota officials to engage in a "systematic, forensic search" for 133 ballots missing in a Minneapolis precinct favoring the Democrat.....The Franken campaign made the request while maintaining it has a 10-vote lead over incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman (R) in the recount..."We are calling upon the Secretary of State, Hennepin County, and the City of Minneapolis to complete an intensive search," said Franken attorney Marc Elias in a conference call, addressing reports that 133 votes have gone missing in a Minneapolis's Third Ward. Elias said every person who touched or transported the ballots should be interviewed, and any polling place, vehicles, or warehouses that have held the ballots should be searched.....The ballots are said to favor Franken by 46 votes....."The outcome of this election may be at stake," Elias said. "The integrity of the Minnesota electoral process is also at stake."....“We have a plausible explanation from Minneapolis election officials as to what occurred,” Coleman lead recount attorney Fritz Knaak told reporters. “The issue in Ramsey County is pretty serious, but it may end up not mattering.”....Elias said that their internal tally, which assumes all challenged ballots will be overturned by the state's Board of Canvassers, shows Franken leading Coleman by ten votes....."We expect that we will not see any significant movement in the margin between now and the end of the hand recount," he said....According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's tally, Coleman leads Franken by 316 votes in the state's contested recount, with 98 percent of votes having been recounted. The campaigns have together lodged a total of 6,326 challenges to ballots. Coleman's campaign announced it would withdraw 350 challenges today, while Franken withdrew 633 challenges yesterday.

Read some of the comments to the article (link below) they're priceless. aaaah, the power of the anonymous nature of the Internet.

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