Mark Elias, a recount lawyer for the Al Franken campaign says the campaign will not appeal a decision today from the Minnesota Canvassing Board the said the board can not review rejected absentee ballots. The board did indicate it would be proper for local election officials to sort absentee ballots into piles based on the reason for rejection, including a pile for ballots that were rejected improperly.
The campaign did not rule out making a challenge to the ruling in the future.
Elias said the Coleman talks truces on challenged ballots, but still continues to run them up. Coleman’s campaign has challenged about one hundred more ballots than the Franken campaign. Elias said the Franken campaign is “not playing games” with the challenges. So far the campaigns have challenged about 3,700 ballots.
Elias said the Franken campaign will withdraw challenges to “get to the meat” of the challenges for the canvassing board. But set no timetable for that.
Elias said the Franken campaign is still “on track” to win after recount is finished.