Thursday, November 20, 2008

RECOUNT: FRANKEN - COLEMAN STILL UNDECIDED: 2.9 MILLION VOTES TO COUNT (AGAIN)

Minnesota STILL does not have a decision in the Franken-Coleman race for US Senate. With Coleman tentatively leading Franken by a miniscule 215 votes, a recount has been ordered, forcing election officials to undertake a massive task. A judge ruled that Franken could have access to information about absentee ballots that were disqualified. Election workers must now sift through some 2,900,000 votes between now and December 5th. They started yesterday, and will have to count about more than 25,000 votes per day. City and county workers across Minnesota began a laborious recount yesterday of 2.9 million ballots in the tight Senate contest between Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken. The state's first look at recount figures showed that nearly 16 percent of ballots were recounted by the end of the day, with 221 challenges statewide. Election workers have until Dec. 5 to complete the recount. MORE at the Philadelphia Enquirer... RELATED: Franken to get rejected absentee info Count-a-thon off to smooth start Franken Makes Gains In First Day Of Recount, But It's Far From Over