Originally Posted by neetanddave
The third party candidate took a lot of votes out of play. With the blatant favoritism from the canvassing board, Coleman should have a decent shot at appealing it, which makes for a new vote.
i.e. In a Democratic precinct where the election night totals were higher than the recount, they opted to use election night totals. In a Republican district, they opted to use recount totals that were lower than election night tallies.
Not really. To the best of my knowledge, they only opted to use the election night totals in a precinct where ballots were lost and could not be recounted.
As for the canvassing board being biased, well, here are the members:
Mark Ritche - secretary of state, democrat
Hon. Eric Magnuson - chief justice of the MN supreme court, appointed by Republican governor Tim Pawlenty
Hon. G. Barry Anderson - associate justice of the MN supreme court, appointed by Republican governor Tim Pawlenty
Hon. Kathleen Gearin - chief judge, second district, elected by the people of Minnesota
Hon. Edward Cleary - associate chief judge, second district, appointed by Jesse Ventura, then later elected by the people of Minnesota
Keep in mind too that the Minnesota Supreme Court made important decisions here. With Magnuson and Anderson abstaining, of the remaining justices, 2 were appointed by Republican Tim Pawlenty, 1 was appointed by Independent Jesse Ventura, and 2 were appointed by Republican Arnie Carlson.
Yup, those democrats are really taking over and running amok, seeing as how one single person out of the 10 who were making the decisions is a democrat
Our local media has good coverage, without the partisan spin people get on blogs:
Minnesota Public RadioPioneer Press - Saint Paul PaperStar Tribune - Minneapolis Paper
Also, just cuz I can, I met Al Franken 2 years ago. Very nice guy.