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There are 31 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Feb 12, 2009, titled U.S. Senate race / Coleman argues flawed absentee ballots shoul.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

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Rich

Saint Paul, MN

#23 Feb 13, 2009
fact angry al does not want to count anymore votes he is ahead by hook and by crook. he wants to disenfranchise all the votes that should have been counted not the illegal ones he had slipped in. Rachel keep carrying angry als water
Rich

Saint Paul, MN

#24 Feb 13, 2009
Rad Rethuglican wrote:
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I cannot argue with your post, but here's another aspect I think is interesting and it has to do with the reality is that humans can make mistakes. In the case of local election judges, as this recount has proven, a few mistakes were made by both the judges and the voters and they've been corrected when appropriate.
The three judge panel also seems to understand that the statute governing absentee ballots is also a human-created attempt to draw the line on what are not excusable voter mistakes and it is a reasonable one.
One of the basic dichotomies or contradictions of one of the Coleman's legal team's main arguments is that they do not want to make any excuses or allowances for mistakes by election judges, but to widen the gate of excusable mistakes by voters to let almost anything in; "wiggle room," as the story calls it.
In perhaps the most telling response from the three judge panel yet, one of them responded to the Coleman lawyer's question of how much of this contradictory argument the judge would "buy," and the judge said her job was ONLY to uphold the statute or law as passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor.
Buh bye legal "wiggle" room, Norm!
This trial is going to end sooner than later and even if Norm appeals, it would seem logical that Senator Elect Franken could be seated while that process is going on. Norm is expecting to lose, that's why he's spending all his time these days begging for money to keep this fight going.
Just because Norm does not want to admit defeat,(an understandable position, no doubt) does not justify Minnesota not having both of its U.S. Senate votes present and accounted for in this historic and crucial session of Congress.
clueless angry liberal
Uncle Sam

Rochester, MN

#25 Feb 13, 2009
What about all the precincts that had more votes than voters? This whole thing looks like a Democrat steal. The new Democrat moto: WIN IF YOU CAN LOSE IF YOU MUST, BUT ALWAYS CHEAT.
Walt

Saint Paul, MN

#26 Feb 13, 2009
Uncle Sam: Right-wingers are always making this claim but with no evidence. Which precincts had more votes than voters?... <chirp> <chirp> Oh yeah, there weren't any.

“Free and Fair Elections”

Since: Jan 09

Zumbrota, MN

#27 Feb 13, 2009
Uncle Sam wrote:
What about all the precincts that had more votes than voters? This whole thing looks like a Democrat steal. The new Democrat moto: WIN IF YOU CAN LOSE IF YOU MUST, BUT ALWAYS CHEAT.
Coleman's people are theorizing that if there were more ballots than voters that it was unmatched duplicates, not any misbehavior by anyone. Merely a mistake made. If there was any fraud in this election, you would have heard about it by now.
lmcwill

Fairfield, CA

#28 Feb 13, 2009
Looking at this from afar (perhaps the safest distance), I'm surprised that Gore v. Bush wasn't brought into play. Gore's failed strategic plan targeted likely Democratic-leaning counties for recount. The Supreme Court held that Florida had different standards for voting systems across counties and thus denied voters equal protection. Coleman's case should be to bring in all challenged absentee ballots from all counties and have them all treated the same, not just the ones that he thinks will help him. Likewise, Franken should argue that all counties should be following the laws the same.
ABowers1

Saint Marys, PA

#29 Feb 13, 2009
The court has ruled that 12 of the 19 categories are now OUT! The court is taking a very strict construction of following the letter of the law. Many of the court's statements were almost quotes from the Franken brief. The law is clear. The voter had to get it right or the vote does not count.
This should really cut down on Coleman's universe of ballots. Almost certainly does not have enough now to net the required 249 votes.
End may be near.
Mohamed

Minneapolis, MN

#30 Feb 14, 2009
I only hope that Norm Coleman can drag this out for years until he can get his ultimate victory.
why

United States

#31 Feb 15, 2009
the judges do ask questions, though if answering a question will further the development of the argument, they should answer
Frank L

Chappaqua, NY

#32 Feb 16, 2009
It is clear that disenfranchisement only occurs when the Democrats are losing.
If the Dems are ahead it does not exist.
Mad Jack

Saint Paul, MN

#33 Feb 16, 2009
Please see GOP on seating Franken Article.

Funny watching the Republican party that has run for many years against what they call activist judges arguing the exact opposite trying to get around Coleman's election loss.

They are truly without values and a soul. Little Normie the biggest hipocrite of them all.

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