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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Great Minnesota Recount Continues...

The Minnesota Secretary of State (and Star Tribune) reports figures assuming all challenges will be upheld (i.e., no challenged ballots will count). The Franken campaign reports figures assuming no challenges will be upheld (i.e., all decisions by precinct judges during the recount will stand). Here are the statistics as of 16:30 PST:

All Challenges Valid: Coleman +273
No Challenges Valid: Franken +22
Number of Challenges: 6,092
Percentage complete: >93% (last update was 12/2/2008 8:00pm)

One good thing: everything is being done out in the open, and standards are uniform and clear. This may be the best-managed recount in US history.

1 comment:

The Law Talking Guy said...

Because campaigns can make challenges for any reason or no reason, the idea of assuming that all challenges are valid simply favors the candidate (Coleman) who makes more challenges.

On the other hand, we have no idea what will happen if challenges are fairly re-evaluated by the 5-member board. Given Franken's count that there is just a tiny 22-vote difference if no challenge is upheld, even a slight advantage gained from the disposition of challenges will be dispositive of the race.