Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Coleman files suit over Minnesota election results

The Minnesota canvassing board declared Al Franken to be the senator. To learn more, go to Al Franken Wins Senate Race

Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman has officially filed a lawsuit to contest the state canvassing board’s decision to certify results of the statewide recount which put Democrat Al Franken on top.

Appearing before the press for the first time in months, Coleman said he has instructed his lawyers to move forward with the lawsuit.

"Not every valid vote has been counted and some have been counted twice," Coleman said, repeating allegations made by his attorneys. They lay much of the blame for these alleged errors on the secretary of state’s office, saying officials there have sympathized with Franken.

The Coleman lawsuit, filed in Ramsey County District Court, would produce a trial that would be presented before a three-judge panel. Coleman attorney Fritz Knaak said he "would not be surprised" if the trial lasts for a solid two months.

Knaak added that "technically, we could re-do the entire recount," although that was not currently in their plans.

There is still no official winner in the state’s Senate race, since Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty won't sign off until legal battles have been exhausted.
Republican Sen. Norm Coleman has instructed his lawyers to move forward with the lawsuit contesting the decision to certify results of the Minnesota recount.

Republican Sen. Norm Coleman has instructed his lawyers to move forward with the lawsuit contesting the decision to certify results of the Minnesota recount.
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