Franken-Coleman Recount: The Home Stretch?
Mark Ritchie, Minnesota’s Secretary of State, had said that he wanted the main count of the recount finished by tomorrow, and it looks like he’ll get his wish. Eighty-five of Minnesota’s eighty-seven counties are done counting, and the last two are both over halfway done.
But, to paraphrase John Donne, when thou hast done, thou hast not done, for there is more. In this case, the "more" is going to be reviewing the ballot challenges and the rejected absentee ballots. (There’s also the question of missing ballots, including 133 in Minneapolis alone.) That will be going on right up until December 16, when the State Canvassing Board meets, and possibly beyond that. That being said, the feeling of accomplishment is still in the air. Most of the Coleman camp’s efforts to muddy the waters seem to have stopped for now. The main question is: Will they try to sue anyone? That’s what could take this into January. But simply pounding the table won’t cut it here.
Update: An envelope containing fewer than 20 uncounted ballots has been found, but these are NOT the 133 missing ballots from Ward 3. Some now believe that the recount might stretch till Christmas. –Gregg