Al Franken lost his appeal to have rejected absentee ballots considered in the mandatory recount:
DFLer Al Franken asked Monday to have rejected absentee ballots be considered in the U.S. Senate election results that are to be certified today by a state board, a move later blunted by an attorney general’s opinion that the issue should be left to the courts.
The eleventh-hour maneuvering occurred as the five-member state Canvassing Board prepared to meet at 1 p.m. today in St. Paul to review results showing Republican Sen. Norm Coleman with a lead of 215 votes out of more than 2.9 million cast.
The Franken campaign filed a brief Monday asking the Canvassing Board to consider including improperly rejected absentee ballots in today’s official tally. Granting that request would make it practically impossible to proceed to the recount on Wednesday.
However, the state attorney general’s office later issued a three-page opinion requested by Ritchie that said the board’s job today is purely administrative, not to determine the eligibility of a voter or whether absentee ballots were properly accepted.
The mandatory recount starts on Wednesday. Franken, perhaps inspired by Obama’s two year display of over-confidence and presumptuousness, is in Washington DC, today, meeting with Democrats.
More at Powerline.
With Democrats now controlling 57 seats in the Senate, they are perilously close to getting the 60 votes in the Senate they need to end filibuster and pass Obama’s radical legislation.
This why the special Georgia Senate run-off election slated for December 2 is now a national contest.
If the Democrats defeat Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss, they will be very close to getting the 60 votes they need in the Senate to pass Obama’s radical legislation.
Without the 60 votes, Obama can’t pass legislation to increase income taxes, increase capital gains taxes, increase FICA taxes or any other taxes.
Without the 60 votes, Obama won’t be able to pass a new Fairness Doctrine limiting the power of talk radio.
Without the 60 votes, Obama won’t be able to pass new social spending programs estimated as costing as much as $1 trillion.
Without the 60 votes, Obama won’t be able to nationalize the healthcare system.
Without the 60 votes, Obama won’t be able to give 12 million illegal aliens citizenship and other government benefits.
You get the picture. Here’s the 30 second ad that is running in Georgia: