Captain Ed has a post up on the despicable tactics Team Franken is using in the Coleman-Franken recount. This picture is worth a thousand words:
I wrote here that I participated in the recount for the Alison Krueger-Lisa Fobbe race. The recount was of ballots cast in Morrison County. Election official Russ Nygren sorted the ballots into three seperate piles, one pile for Krueger votes, another for Fobbe votes and another pile for ‘other’ (undervotes and Olson write-ins).
Of the 1,400 ballots we reviewed, I’m guessing that approximately 50-75 ballots were marked first with an X in the oval, then later filled in properly. Each time we came across such a ballot, Mr. Nygren would pause from the sorting, at which point he’d highlight the consistency shown throughout the ballot. Neither side challenged ballots marked this way because it was obvious what voter intent was.
The fact that Team Franken is using this type of tactic says one thing clearly: that they’ll do anything to steal this election. This is disgusting behavior. My recommendation for Team Coleman recount watchers is to object to the challenge on the grounds that it’s a frivolous challenge. If anyone has information that the election official has sided with Team Franken on such a challenge, first contact Team Coleman, then leave a comment to this post with the time/location of such an incident.
Don’t hesitate to bring in Team Coleman’s lawyer watching over the recount at your recount location. Filing a formal complaint is, in my opinion, entirely justifiable.
UPDATE: Welcome Gateway Pundit Readers. Team Franken’s tactics are completely baseless. After participating in a recount of a Minnesota State Senate election yesterday, I know that ballot challenges can be dismissed if they’re ruled frivolous. Yesterday, we saw many ballots, possible 3-5% of all ballots we surveyed, marked similarly to this. Neither side raised objections to ballots marked like this.
In my opinion, Team Franken’s objections should be rejected because they’re frivolous.