Attorney for Al Franken’s campaign, David Lillehaug argued befor the Minnesota Canvassing Board that rejected absentee ballots should be reviewed and counted if they were cast properly. The board took his request under consideration and recessed to a later date so it can read all of the data and court opinions related to the request.
Minnesota’s Attorney General’s office earlier had issued an opinion that the rejected absentee ballots should not be counted. An opinion echoed by Fritz Knaak, Attorney for Norm Coleman’s Campaign.
The Franken campaign sited at least four cases where absentee ballots were improperly rejected and said they might have more examples if they were given access to the liste of people whose ballots had been rejected. The four instances named in a Franken press release are below.
The brief cites four examples of Minnesotans whose absentee ballots were improperly rejected and whose votes have wrongly gone uncounted.
Jessup Schiks (Kandiyohi County) voted absentee, but his vote was not counted because it was determined that the signature on his absentee ballot did not match his signature on file. However, Mr. Schiks has signed an affidavit confirming that his absentee ballot is his own.
Bruce Behrens (Goodhue County) lost his right to vote because local elections officials believed that his witness was not a registered voter – when, in fact, she was.
James Langland (Pennington County) voted absentee in person – but his ballot was not counted. His county auditor – who witnessed the ballot – agrees that Mr. Langland’s vote should be counted, and has contacted the Secretary of State’s office in an attempt to remedy the issues.
Ordell Adkins (Pennington County) had her ballot rejected because her county believed she was not a registered voter. In fact, Ms. Adkins is registered to vote, and has voted in every election since 1994. She voted absentee in 2006.