Al, Don’t Be Greedy

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As I noted last night, the Minnesota recount is under way and Al Franken made up some serious ground in the first day.

Still, why is he contesting the above ballot?

More from StarTribune:

The bubble beside Norm Coleman’s name appeared to have both an X and a squiggle in it, but the Al Franken campaign wants the state Canvassing Board to rule on whether it should count. That’s the only challenge in the special envelope in Plymouth so far, according to Sandy Engdahl, the city clerk and the official running the city recount. […]

Eight of the 24 precincts had been counted by 1:45 p.m., and the only challenged ballot, in Engdahl’s view, was clearly a vote for Coleman. Nevertheless, the Franken campaign was allowed to seek a second opinion.

True, this is just one ballot, but one ballot can become a symbol of “not getting it” in much the same way that auto execs flying in private jets to Washington to ask for bailout money has become a symbol.

Again, don’t be greedy Al. Take the high road. Because you know you’d be jumping all over Norm Coleman if he tried to pull something like this.

  • Andrew Donaldson

    In fact, Norm Coleman is trying the same thing. Pretty much every ballot in the state with an extraneous mark (on either side of the ballot) is being challenged by, well, the watchers belonging to the other party. Fortunately, very few people seem to calculate math problems while they’re voting, so extraordinarily few ballots are being challenged. In fact, since you could construe the mark on this ballot as being an “X”, which is traditionally understood as opposition, this may be one of the most legitimate challenges (and it’s still very, very weak): Several voting officials throughout the state say that none of the challenges they’ve seen locally are credible.

  • Ben

    Justin, both sides are doing this. Technically, their lawyers are doing it. Unfortunately, that’s what they’re paid to do. Check out the examples at http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2008/11/19_challenged_ballots/ to see that it’s just par for the course. Is example #8 really any better then the example you showed? This is just Colelman’s people trying to win a media battle, and you’re helping them do it.

  • John Emerson

    Al didn’t do it. Some guy on Al’s team did it. This is the kind of thing that comes out in the wash when the challenged ballots are looked at. Chill.

  • Mark Kraft

    Justin, don’t be dumb.

    Al Franken did not challenge this vote. One of his numerous vote monitors did.

    The simple fact is that both sides will be challenging perfectly good votes… but thusfar, there are more challenges from the Coleman side than the Franken side, which is good news for Al. Don’t be surprised if he gains about 50-100 votes after all the challenges are sorted out by a review panel in December.

  • rob
  • rob

    Now there’s a state that knows how to pick ’em