The Franken Camp won two key rulings in Minnesota today.
Minnesota decided to allow the 133 “missing” votes to count in Franken’s favor, 133 votes they do not even know ever existed.
The Politico reported, via Power Line Forum:
Play Video Video: President-Elect Obama Cabinet Nominations CNBC Play Video Video: Obama selects Daschle for cabinet post AP Play Video Video: Jackson denies wrongdoing in political scandal AP Al Franken’s campaign won two key rulings today that may help him overcome a tiny deficit against Sen. Norm Coleman in the Minnesota Senate recount.
The Minnesota Canvassing Board unanimously recommended that all counties include the absentee ballots that were unfairly rejected on Election Day in the recount. Election officials throughout the state have been sorting absentee ballots based on why they were rejected – and putting aside a fifth group (called the “fifth pile”) with those unfairly rejected ballots.
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Minnesota’s Deputy Secretary of State predicted over 1,500 ballots fall in this category. If they’re included, they could potentially overturn Coleman’s razor-thin lead. Coleman leads Franken by 192 votes, according to the Secretary of State’s official count.
Earlier, the Canvassing Board voted unanimously to include the 133 missing ballots from a Minneapolis precinct that voted overwhelmingly for Franken — another victory for the Franken camp. Coleman’s campaign argued the ballots may never have existed in the first place, and shouldn’t have been counted.