Next week, probably over a four day period, the ad hoc State Canvassing Board will go through all the recount data and look at the 3-4 thousand contested ballots and come up with a final number in this very close Minnesota senate race. But today they are expected to make a couple of decisions that may have an even larger effect on the outcome.
One of the most important decisions they will make today is what to do about the 133 ballots that are “missing” (read: a Coleman supporter hid somewhere, most likely) in one Minneapolis district. Without these votes in a Franken-supporting area, Franken drops by dozens of points relative to Coleman. The most logical and fair thing to do is to take the original count, which in all liklihood is the same as the count before they were stolen, er, I mean, accidentally turned up missing (in a way that benefits the candidate most closely associated with known felons and cheater).
Congressmen Keith Ellison has written a strong letter to the canvassing board recommending that they take this particular course of action. (The text of the letter can be read here.)
The canvassing board will also decide on the fate of what may be a very large number of absentee ballots that seem to have been improperly uncounted.