Update: Franken is ahead by 249 votes !!!
UPDATE: DONE with the Franken re-entered (some withdrawn) … now looking at some ballots that were set aside earlier.
UPDATE: … bam… the canvassing board just threw out consideration of all the duplicate ballots except seven that have some reasonable ‘on the face’ cases.
UPDATE: The small number of duplicate issue but addressable “on the face” is done.
UPDATE: They are now going through miscellaneous challenges, of which I don’t think there are too many. I think for various reasons that this is going to be mainly reductions in Franken’s lead. We’ll see how much.
UPDATE: OK, the last ballot for the day … no wait, they can’t find it, so they are going to do it Monday. No, wait, Franken lawyer retracts challenge. THEY ARE DONE FOR THE DAY!
Final count should be 249, but it might be 250.
Much remains to be done. This is not over. But nothing will actually happen until Monday.
The alleged duplicate ballots will be challenged in court by Coleman. The Coleman lawyer continues to piss off the board by whining about this.
The last several hundred challenged ballots in the Franken-Coleman Senate race are now being reviewed by the state canvassing board. These are all Coleman challenges, which means that a large number will be Franken votes that Coleman people challenged for some reason or another.
Prior to the start of this day’s work, Franken was behind in the count by about two votes. As I write this, Franken is ahead by 52 votes. This trend is likely to continue as the pile of ballots is gone through.
There remain at least to other matters to settle. One is the question of alleged duplicate ballots that the Coleman camp wants rejected. It may in fact be the case that some ballots were duplicated and both the original and duplicate counted.
It is not clear to me how many such votes there may be,There may be about 150 – 200 of these, but I am not sure what removal of these votes from the count would do.
The second issue is the absentee ballots. There are quite a few, possibly between 500 and 1500, absentee ballots that were rejected for invalid reasons. These rejected ballots should really be counted. The Franken camp pushed for this, the Secretary of State agreed and told the counties that they could (but did not necessarily have to) do so, the Coleman camp too this to the State Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court ruled, essentially, in favor of looking at these ballots.
A third issue, I have just learned, is that some of the previously withdrawn challenges have not been added back into the count.
I did not know this, and I’m not sure it is true (the source is the Star Tribune, not the most reliable of sources, I’m afraid.) As I watch the process, they are in fact counting in the withdrawn ballots, but there may be chunks of ballots that have not been added back in. I’ll let you know what I find out.
The de-challenged ballots that were removed before the Canvassing board started have not been included in the total, or at least, some of them. Still trying to find out how many. The ones that were removed during the canvassing operation itself are being dealt with on the spot.
The consideration of these absentee ballots is generally thought to favor Franken.