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Minnesota Recount Begins Today

POSTED: 02:06 PM ET, 11/19/2008 by Chris Matthews
TAGS: elections

Officials today began a recount in the contentious Minnesota Senate race between Democratic challenger Al Franken and incumbent Republican Norm Coleman.

Before the recount, Coleman led Franken by 215 votes, less than 0.5 percent, triggering an automatic recount under Minnesota law.

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said that county election officials must finish the manual recount of more than 2.9 million ballots by Dec. 5. After officials in the state's 87 counties go through the ballots, disputed ballots will go to St. Paul, where the five-member State Canvassing Board will make the final call. The canvassing board will meet Dec. 16 with the goal of finishing by Dec. 19.

During the recount, officials visually inspect each ballot, then sort them into piles for each candidate. Representatives from the campaigns have the opportunity to challenge a ballot if they believe it has been counted for the wrong candidate or wrongly thrown out. Officials will seal challenged ballots into envelopes and send them to the canvassing board for further inspection.

Minnesota uses optical scan ballots, so there will be no infamous "hanging chads," as there were in the 2000 presidential election recount in Florida.

Elections officials said they would count around 60,000 ballots a day.

Ritchie has created a detailed list of procedures for the recount.

Among the guidelines:

The recounts must be held at a public location which must provide a "public viewing area."

Candidates may each have one representative at counting tables to challenge ballots.

Officials cannot take lunch breaks in the middle of sorting.

Ritchie estimated that the recount would cost Minnesota taxpayers $86,000.

Both candidates have filed lawsuits. Most recently, Franken filed a suit asking the election board to examine rejected absentee ballots.

The outcome of the recount could have huge implications for the makeup of the Senate. After the defeat of Sen. Ted Stevens (R) yesterday, Senate Democrats are only two seats away from a filibuster-proof majority. In Georgia, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) faces a Dec. 2 runoff against former state representative Jim Martin. Chambliss drew more votes but his share did not reach 50 percent, as required by state law.

By Chris Matthews |  November 19, 2008; 2:06 PM ET
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Democrat Jim Martin is in a runoff against Bush Republican Saxby Chambliss for the Senate seat from Georgia. Bush's Saxby Chambliss voted against spending a few measly dollars to provide health care coverage for Georgia, and Americas needy children. But he supported wasting hundreds of billions of your dollars, and the life BLOOD of Americas finest on an unnecessary war in Iraq.

At a time when 47 million of you have no health insurance coverage, and over 100 million of you with insurance are just one major illness away from complete financial destruction. Bush and Saxby Chambliss voted to make the heart break of bankruptcy relief even harder for all of you to use.

You see, Bush and Saxby Chambliss, and his family don't have to worry about their health care coverage. They have the finest health care coverage your tax money can buy for them. Courtesy of you. The American Tax payer. In fact, no one but the super rich can afford the health care coverage you the tax payer provide for Saxby Chambliss, and his family for FREE! with your tax dollars.

He supposedly works for you. But he doesn't think you and your family should have access to the type of taxpayer supported FREE health care that you provide for him, and his loved ones for FREE!. Doesn't that just make you BURRING MAD!

Vote for JIM MARTIN for US senator from Georgia. Vote for JIM Martin who will be on your side. Vote for JIM MARTIN who will work with President Obama and a majority congress for you. Vote for JIM MARTIN most of all for your-self, your family's, friends, and loved ones. Vote for JIM MARTIN for a better America, and a better World.

Don't let Saxby Chambliss make a chump out of you by tricking you into voting against your own best interest. Saxby chambliss is NOT! on your side. He's not one of you. He is on George Bush's side. And we all know what a catastrophe the Bush Chambliss administration has been the past 8 years.

Contact all your family and friends and do every thing you can to see to it that JIM MARTIN and GEORGIANS! take that senate seat back for Georgia, and America. No matter where you live in America. This is important to you. President Obama will need all the help, and power you can give him to try and fix this catastrophic mess that the Corrupt Bush Chambliss administration has created.

As I said before you will have to vote in overwhelming numbers to overcome the Bush Chambliss "Let Them Eat Cake" vote fraud machine. Vote early if you can. Then help everyone you can get to the polls and vote for JIM MARTIN. You and your loved ones don't have to be Saxby Chambliss's victims anymore.

I know you will get it done. Just like you did for President Obama.

God bless all of you

jacksmith - WORKING CLASS... :-)

Posted by: JackSmith1 | November 19, 2008 2:56 PM

Al Franken can pay the counting costs if he loses again, or maybe just straighten his glasses and get the goofy Clinton grin off his face...the same grin as when BHO gets caught lying.

Posted by: doggit1 | November 19, 2008 4:19 PM

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