06 January 2009

Minnesota (Not) Nice, part 3

Well, yesterday they certified Al Franken as the winner. The Wall Street journal tells us how. Here is one example:

[T]he [State Canvassing] board has been flagrantly inconsistent. Last month, Mr. Franken's campaign charged that one Hennepin County (Minneapolis) precinct had "lost" 133 votes, since the hand recount showed fewer ballots than machine votes recorded on Election Night. Though there is no proof to this missing vote charge -- officials may have accidentally run the ballots through the machine twice on Election Night -- the Canvassing Board chose to go with the Election Night total, rather than the actual number of ballots in the recount. That decision gave Mr. Franken a gain of 46 votes.

Meanwhile, a Ramsey County precinct ended up with 177 more ballots than there were recorded votes on Election Night. In that case, the board decided to go with the extra ballots, rather than the Election Night total, even though the county is now showing more ballots than voters in the precinct. This gave Mr. Franken a net gain of 37 votes, which means he's benefited both ways from the board's inconsistency.


Minnesota, what a joke!

2 comments:

Exodio said...

You betcha!

Although it is nice to see the Dems are capable of stealing an election here and there too.

Tony said...

Rather I consider it sad that either side would.