Find Post Investigations On:
Facebook Scribd Twitter
Friendfeed RSS Google Reader
» About This Blog | Meet the Investigative Team | Subscribe
Ongoing Investigation

Top Secret America

The Post explores the top secret world the government created in response to the attacks of Sept. 11.

Ongoing Investigation

The Hidden Life of Guns

How guns move through American society, from store counter to crime scene.

Have a Tip?

Talk to Us

If you have solid tips, news or documents on potential ethical violations or abuses of power, we want to know. Send us your suggestions.
• E-mail Us


Post Investigations
In-depth investigative news
and multimedia from The Washington Post.
• Special Reports
• The Blog

Reporters' Notebook
An insider's guide to investigative news: reporters offer insights on their stories.

The Daily Read
A daily look at investigative news of note across the Web.

Top Picks
A weekly review of the best
in-depth and investigative reports from across the nation.

Hot Documents
Court filings, letters, audits and other documents of interest.

D.C. Region
Post coverage of investigative news in Maryland, Virginia and the District.

Washington Watchdogs
A periodic look into official government investigations.

Help! What Is RSS?
Find out how to follow Post Investigations in your favorite RSS reader.

Hot Comments

Unfortunately I believe that we are limited in what we can focus on. I think that if we proceed with the partisan sideshow of prosecuting Bush admin. officials, healthcare will get lost in the brouhaha.
— Posted by denamom, Obama's Quandary...

Recent Posts
Bob Woodward

The Washington Post's permanent investigative unit was set up in 1982 under Bob Woodward.

See what you missed, find what you're looking for.
Blog Archive »
Investigations Archive »

Have a Tip?
Send us information on ethics violations or abuses of power.
E-Mail Us »

Notable investigative projects from other news outlets.
On the Web »
Top Picks »

Minnesota Senate Race Heading to Recount

POSTED: 06:00 AM ET, 11/ 6/2008 by Derek Kravitz

Minnesota's incredibly close Senate race looks like it's headed for a recount, with the campaigns, lawyers and elections officials already gearing up for a long and bitter fight.

Republican Sen. Norm Coleman holds a slim 476-vote lead over Democrat Al Franken, out of nearly 2.9 million cast, but Coleman has already announced that he's won. In his victory speech yesterday, Coleman urged the former "Saturday Night Live" comedian to cancel a recount, which is automatically triggered when the popular vote difference between two candidates is less than 1 percent.

(The Associated Press originally called the race for Coleman but "uncalled" it at about 9 p.m. on Election Day, saying the report had been "premature.")

But Franken has indicated he wants to proceed with a statewide recount, which will cost about $86,000 and will likely spill into December.

He also said his campaign is investigating alleged voting irregularities at some polling places in Minneapolis, and that "a recount could change the outcome significantly," according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

"Let me be clear: Our goal is to ensure that every vote is properly counted," he said.

Minnesota's 18-page 2008 Recount Guide (pdf) makes one point that could skew results: Out-of-place marks made on ballots that are "close enough to a name or line to determine voter intent are counted."

As far as voting problems, few were officially reported aside from a power outage in St. Paul's Merriam Park neighborhood after a truck hit a utility pole. Two precincts were shut down for about 20 minutes.

Election Protection, the nonpartisan elections watchdog group, received about 700 calls from Minnesotans who had trouble voting on Tuesday, but most of those problems involved issues of identification and were resolved, officials said.

By Derek Kravitz |  November 6, 2008; 6:00 AM ET Election 2008
Previous: Government Oil Supervisor Pleads Guilty | Next: DHS Grants, Bridge Collapse Report, Email Black Boxes


Please email us to report offensive comments.

It is a travesty that Minnesota is this close to electing Franken, a vile man who made a living through racist and sexist "jokes." What is wrong with you, Minnesota?

Posted by: Darlene_Jr | November 5, 2008 9:23 PM

Al Franken is a good person. He did not make a living through racist and sexist "jokes". That is totally wrong. There is nothing wrong with Minnesota. What is wrong, is entirely with you!

Posted by: Taller1 | November 6, 2008 1:02 AM

"Minnesota's 18-page 2008 Recount Guide (pdf) makes one point that could skew results: Out-of-place marks made on ballots that are "close enough to a name or line to determine voter intent are counted."

SKEW results??? Quite inappropriate, loaded language. Mr. Kravitz could much more straightforwardly written "change results."

Posted by: edallan | November 6, 2008 7:52 AM

@Darlene_Jr I don't think there is anything wrong with us in Minnesota. We want to have all of our votes counted, regardless of who the votes are for. I want all of Norm Colemans votes, Dean Barkley's votes, Al Franken's votes and the write in's votes to be counted. It is my right, and it is your right to have your voice heard. It is too bad that you cannot see that where I come from, all votes are counted. What is wrong in the country are people like you who feel that their opinion is so much more important than than simply tallying the votes for ALL people, and not just the self righteous ones like you. Maybe the next time your in the voting booth you should think about that - should your vote be counted? How about the person standing next to you? There is nothing wrong with Minnesota, a place where ALL votes are counted, even the people we don't agree with.

Posted by: ckmunson | November 6, 2008 1:16 PM

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining


© 2010 The Washington Post Company