April 22: MN Senate Recount Live Video Updates

April 20:  The Norm Coleman for Senate campaign has filed a notice of appeal with the Minnesota Supreme Court today, asserting unequal protection arguments in challenging the results of the Minnesota election contest recount for U.S. Senate.  Citizen journalists with The UpTake project covered the Coleman campaign's news conference today, as well as a response from the Al Franken campaign. Coverage and commentary from The Uptake  is available via the embedded video in this EDA article below.

MN Recount Downloads:  We have added recount court documents, a guide to the 2008 recount prepared by the Minnesota secretary of state, and a Recount FAQ list, which are available from the attachment links you will find at the foot of this article.

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Between replays of the press conferences today, The Uptake will be providing additional recaps, commentary, and information about their project.

Notice that in the video control bar, you can select LIVE for live feed, and also ON DEMAND, which opens a menu to play other recount videos and access  a print blog, recount documents, and other information that will bring you up to date on the history and current status of the contest. 


April 13: Recount Court Rules Franken the Winner

April 9:  No Final Ruling Yet in MN Election Contest

GOP indicates Coleman campaign will ask for additional recount of 4100 ballots

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APRIL 9 Update

Source: Government Technology

Franken-Coleman Recount Dispute Highlights Ballot-Count Shortcomings

Apr 9, 2009, By Wayne Hanson

Al Franken, smiling bigAl Franken is the apparent winner by about 300 votes.

Only a few hundred ballots separated Minnesota's U.S. Senate race between Senator Norm Coleman the incumbent, and challenger Al Franken. After a ballot recount and following a laborious process of contesting rejected absentee ballots, it appears that Franken has won by around 300 votes. However, inconsistencies in how absentee ballots were dealt with may become the subject of a legal challenge to the outcome, according to media reports.

In a release earlier this week, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said that 351 absentee ballots were counted that had been previously uncounted. A three-judge panel ordered the counting of the ballots after hearing seven weeks of testimony and considering thousands of exhibits. Of the 351 ballots opened, Coleman received 111 votes, Franken 198. An additional 42 ballots were cast for other candidates and voters who opted to not vote in the Senate race. There were no votes challenged by either campaign.


More news articles on history of recount and court challenges follow; click Read More.

April 7:

Franken Extends Lead Over Coleman to 312 Votes in Election Contest Recount

Last update: April 7, 2009 - 12:41 PM

Democrat Al Franken today extended his lead over Republican Norm Coleman in the U.S. Senate election, following the counting of about 350 formerly rejected absentee ballots this morning by a three-judge panel.

Unofficially, Franken took 198 of the ballots, while Coleman added 111. The ballots added about 87 to Franken’s recount lead, enlarging his margin over Coleman to more than 312.

Continued at Star Tribune

LINKS to NEWS COVERAGE of the MN Senate Contest Recount

Senate recount: Officials begin counting nearly 400 formerly ... -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

Franken's lead grows in ballot recount -- Alexandria Echo Press

Ballots to be counted this week illustrate the tale of the recount -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Jim Gehrz, Star Tribune

Minnesota Stare Elections director Gary Poseer center, monitored the progress of
verifying ballots before the recount of 387 additional absentee ballots
at the Senate recount trial on Tuesday in St. Paul.

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